Valentine Roundup

Today I’m bringing you a roundup of past posts and other cute finds from around the web all in the name of love…..well for the holiday of love, Valentine’s Day! Holidays always give a reason to shop, make and create!

Mike and I don’t do the whole big gift exchange on Valentine’s Day. Of course we give each other sweet love notes and Mike always gives in to the whole flower aspect of the holiday (& I don’t mind!). But we’re not into being forced to give big luxury gifts as a token of our love on a specific date other than one that holds special meaning to us. IF Mike was to ever buy a nice piece of jewelry as a sweet symbol of his love, it would mean so much more, to me, if I received it on just a normal day. Don’t get me wrong, we use Valentine’s day to express our love and affection but just not by spending major $$$ to do so! So on February 14th you can expect we will have lovey dovey cards for each other, flowers and a romantic home cooked dinner (well as romantic as it can get with a toddler).

We also don’t go overboard with an expensive Valentine gift for Lily. Just something small that she will love and go gaga over. For Lily’s grandparents were opted for a sweet keepsake last year…a small canvas bearing her tiny handprint!

So take a look at some previous posts to spark some ideas for your holiday…

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One of my all time favorite crafts with Lily was the Glitter Keepsake Handprint we created for the grandparents. The only messy part of the craft was applying glue to Lily’s hand and then transferring it to the small canvas…otherwise the rest was super easy. Her tiny handprint is still on display on a gold easel in our kitchen! Click HERE to check out the project

For something sweet try making the delicious pink and white cookies that are so easy to make! Check out the post all about these cake box cookies for a tasty treat HERE!

For another sweet keepsake try framing a picture of your kid(s) holding up letters spelling out ‘DAD’ or ‘NANA’ for an adorable gift that will be treasured way past Valentine’s Day! Click HERE for more details.

A sweet treat that is actually healthy??? Lily LOVED the DIY fruit snacks I made for her in the shape of hearts! Click HERE for the recipe!

Instead of gifting roses, why not give other pretty flowers that are already in a chalk painted planter! If the plant/flower dies the gift receiver can toss it out, fill the chalk planter with a new plant and scribe the name of the new plant with chalk on the planter. A super easy DIY project that makes a charming gift! Click HERE to read all about it.

If you have a little girl then make her a cute little tutu to wear on the special holiday. Check out my super easy DIY tutorial HERE and see how simple & cheap it is to make!

Now for some finds from around the web….

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Looking for some ideas for Lily’s teacher I found this FREE printable from Eighteen 25. You can grab the printable with great directions on how to make her “Thanks a Latte” card where you insert a Starbucks gift card for the teacher who definitely needs caffeine to put up with a classroom full of toddlers!

Another cute FREE printable for teachers was the one I found from Happy Money Saver! The quote is so true… “It takes a big heart to help shape little minds”!

I know I said Mike & I don’t exchange gifts like jewelry for the holiday, but it doesn’t mean I can’t gift myself something cute & small to wear on the 14th!  I adore these small quartz earrings from Shop Gussied. The chunky organic stone is dipped in gold (or silver) and for a price of $16.99 the jewels are perfect for any day of the year! Check out her bangles too!

Pretty smitten over these heart skinny jeans for your mini me. They are on sale now at the Gap.

LOVED this DIY gold glitter tote bag from The Glitter Guide! It was made as a bridesmaid’s gift, but of course you could use it for any occasion! Find the tutorial over at Style Me Pretty!

 

 

 
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A Semi DIY Bee Costume

A cute (semi) DIY Bee costume for toddlers! The tutu is a super easy & cheap DIY project. Pair it with some black tights & shirt...all you need to buy is the wings & ears! Is it really Halloween already? November is this weekend? Where has this year gone?

Taking full advantage of still having control over Lily’s wardrobe choices I picked her costume this year. I’ve tried to ask her what she wants to wear, but she has yet to really take interest in choosing her clothes. This is fine by me because I like dressing her and I’m not looking towards the days she fights me on mixed matched outfits or totally inappropriate hem lines (I swear I’m going to blink and she will be 15 tomorrow).

Rambling off costume options Lily said yes to every one I gave her….including Rambo & a trash can. Not knocking those options…but just a demo that she will say yes to anything. Wanting to keep her costume easy and something I could semi create… I went with a bumblebee! A fabulous excuse to put her in a tutu.

beecostumeThis costume was even easier than her ghost costume from last year! I used a black shirt from Gap (that she already owned), pair of black shoes from Target (that she already owned) and I purchased a “bee set” from Amazon that included her wings, ears and the stinger that clipped to her tutu (cost $23 including s&h). The only thing I made was the tutu and I used the same steps from my super easy DIY tutu tutorial. I did purchase some black tights from Target the day before a costume festival only because Tampa received a random cold front.

beestingerThe tutu literally took me 15 minutes to make and cost less than $5 for the tulle (I had plenty of elastic band from other tutus!). The tutu will be re-used whenever my husband’s beloved Steelers play. Being lazy I opted to just order the “bee set” from Amazon instead of driving around searching for one. After it was delivered of course I found bee accessories at my local Target. Oh well.

A shopping center nearby had a fall festival where kids could trick-or-treat at the stores giving all the kids a chance to sport their Halloween costume more than once (something all parents can appreciate especially if they spend time and $ making them!). When we put the costume on her to go she LOVED it!

lilybeerunShe ran back and forth on our walkway as if she was flying…stopping to Buzz and shake her tush waving her stinger. I about died it was the cutest sight. It was also impossible to get her to stay still and take a decent picture…

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This year she totally understood the trick-or-treating part. But like any inquisitive toddler she stopped constantly to spy inside her pumpkin and demanding to eat every single candy. Her father and I had a blast eating it later that night while catching up on our DVR.

beecandyLily was beyond excited to see her girlfriend Makyla…who was the cutest little lamb!

lilycacaAnd you gotta love a two year old toddler…the only way I got her to look at the camera with me is by giving this face…

beesillyfaceAnd this lovely face with her dad!

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  1. Diane commented:
    October 30, 2013 Reply

    Love, love the tutu theme! You did
    an awesome job on Lily’s costume!!
    You can tell she loves it, and that is
    what is important. 🙂

  2. January 24, 2015 Reply

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DIY Chalkboard Tags or Signs

DIYchalktagstitleThis project was so simple it’s silly. For Lily’s second birthday I wanted small chalkboard signs for the food and drink stations. I loved the way these DIY chalkboard tags or signs turned out that I found several other ways I could use them…making them a cheap, simple and re-usable object (awesome!).

DIYchalktagsJoann had the wood pieces I used for dirt cheap. The large circle wood ornaments were $.79 each and the 12 piece bag of wood tags were only $1.00! I have tons of chalk paint still left over, but I decided to pick up a can of spray paint to try it out ($7.99 at Michael’s). Since these pieces are so small using spray paint made this project even easier with little cleanup (no washing a paint brush!). Just lay out a plastic tarp or use a large trash bag and lay your wooden tags on top. Shake your chalk spray paint can hard for about a minute and then give the wood pieces a good spray. I allowed two hours for dry time before I gave it another spray and followed it up with another coat after allowing it to dry again. I LOVED using the spray chalk paint since it was quick and easy. I would suggest you use a clip on spray paint gun (super cheap) or a plastic glove. I got a little paint on my finger and when I went to clean my hands, the paint got under my nail making it super hard to get off (and dirty nails gross me out!). Using these as signs I only pained one side…so that was it. So simple it’s SILLY!

diychalksignsdrinksI used chalk pens to label the signs at Lily’s party. Chalk pens make any handwriting look 10x better….trust me…mine usually looks like chicken scratch! To hang the chalkboard sings I used twine found at Joann or Michael’s.

diychalktagskidsdrinkI wrapped a few tags around the mason jar flower vases and added a “2” for her second birthday.

diychalktagsflowersI tied a few on to her presents just for show…two year old’s can’t read and it was for my child so I know who the gift came from….I did it just to make it cuter! I really liked this idea for gifts as the chalk signs are blank and you can write anything on them…happy birthday, congrats, welcome home, Merry Christmas etc etc. Plus if you are using them for gifts for your own family you can re-use them again for another gift! AND if your gifting it to somebody they have the opportunity to re-use it! With 12 pieces for a $1.00 it’s cheap, simple and a cute add on to any gift! I think they are way cuter than those holiday stickers you fill in for Christmas presents too!

DIYchalktagscolorIn our kitchen we have a class container with our coffee grinds that has a chalkboard label painted onto the side. I used one of the tags to label the Borax in our laundry room in lieu of painting the actual container…again so simple it’s silly.

These signs can be used for anything. They can be wiped cleaned and used again. They are cheap and so easy to make. This is my kind of DIY project!!

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DIY Toddler Party Favors

Cheap & easy DIY toddler party favor idea! Make Gak (aka flubber) from Elmer's glue and Borax. Place it in the mini 4 oz. mason jars. A great alternative to candy!When it comes to children’s birthday parties and choosing favors can become stressful for moms reaching for that “perfect party”. This year I kept it simple and made them! Lily’s buddies went home with tiny mason jars filled with squishy, slimy homemade gak (or aka flubber).

For Lily’s first birthday I slaved away making sand buckets filled with a variety of toys and candy…yes cotton candy!!???? Some of the kids weren’t even one yet!!! The sand bucket alone would and should have been enough…but it was my baby’s first and I went overboard…way over.

I had purchased the 4 oz mini mason jars from Walmart with the initial intent to serve individual portions of homemade macaroni & cheese. Once I finalized the menu without the need for the classic cheesy noodle side dish I figured I would utilize them for the favors somehow. That’s when I found a pin that lead me to the adorable pink glitter gak given away at a party at Mama Papa Bubba.

When I made the gak I left the glitter and the pink color out since 95% of Lily’s buddies are boys. Dying it red and blue matched the BBQ theme this year and are unisex. I used some of the extra fabric from the DIY garland I created (post coming soon!) to make toppers for the jars. I found a glass bowl that was bigger that the width of the mason jars. I wish I actually made the circles a little bigger because when I screwed the lid over the fabric not enough stuck around the entire jar (that’s just my picky opinion!).

Items needed to make Gak (aka flubber) for some DIY toddler favors.To make these cute favors you need the following:

Containers (Walmart sells the 4 oz. mason jars in a 12 pack for $12.97)
Borax, 1 teaspoon (found at most stores near laundry detergent)
Elmer’s Glue 7.625 oz. bottle
Food coloring
Warm water
Note: I made 14 favors and I used 2 large (7.625 oz.) and 1 regular ( 4 oz.) bottle of Elmer’s glue. I made three batches with each individual bottle of glue. For measurement purposes with the 4 oz. bottle of glue, follow the same directions but use ½ teaspoon of Borax mixed with ¼ cup warm water.
Note: For all the moms out there that are worried about Borax being toxic…don’t worry. Borax has the same safety warning as salt and baking soda!

1. In a mixing bowl pour the glue out and fill the empty bottles with warm water.

2. Give the bottles a good shake and then pour the water into the bowl. Mix the glue and water (it will be a watery mixture).

3. If you want the gak to be a specific color drop in the food coloring into the glue mixture. FYI to get the color red you have to put a LOT in otherwise it will turn pink!

Easy steps in making Gak (aka flubber) for DIY toddler party favors.4. In a separate small bowl measure ½ cup of warm water and mix in 1 teaspoon of Borax until it dissolves.

5. Pour the Borax mixture into the glue and start to stir. It will notice a change instantly.

6. After you mix it with a spoon, finish with your hands to soak up the remaining liquid and finish creating the gak. The gak can easily be cut/ripped into smaller portions to fit the mason jars.

Gak is a lot of fun for kids to play with, just like playdough. Gak molds quicker to containers than dough and if you place it in a strainer the gak will eventually start to drain through it creating strings of slime! And if you have an older kid just pushing the gak into a container creates funny noises (aka fart sounds!). So if your looking for a cheap DIY party favor for toddlers try this one. Plus it’s a great alternative to candy!

 
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  1. Julie commented:
    February 21, 2014 Reply

    Hi! I love this idea, just curious if there is a shelf life? TIA

    • Amy Romano commented:
      February 23, 2014 Reply

      Hey Julie!
      I am not sure about the shelf life. I wish I could give you an exact date, but with all my research I found mixed reviews on how long it would last. If you are making a big batch for your kid to play with, as long as you keep it in an air tight container it should last weeks (from personal experience!). For this post I put a small amount in tiny mason jars for favors and we kept one for Lily to play with. I found that after a while of playing with the small amount it kinda dried up a bit. I just wet my hands and worked in the moisture to give it back the gooey consistency! She played with the favor (not everyday) for about 2 weeks before I tossed it and just made a larger batch for her to play with. Hope this helps!

  2. Kristen commented:
    February 25, 2014 Reply

    I love the chalkboard idea. How did u make it? And where did u get the bright colored chalk?
    Thanks
    Kristen

    • Amy Romano commented:
      February 28, 2014 Reply

      Hey Kristen!

      Thanks! Are you referring to the huge chalkboard with all the pictures from Lily’s 2nd birthday? Or the large Chalkboard that was outside that kids could play on? I will email you to confirm and shoot you in the right direction to find the info!

  3. Mecca commented:
    November 5, 2014 Reply

    Does the gak dry out? I am wondering if I do this 2/3 days before the party will it be an issue.

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Backyard BBQ Party: part 2

I’m back with part 2 of Lily backyard BBQ party celebrating her second birthday!

twochalkboardLast year I created “A Year of Firsts” chalkboard for her first birthday and it seemed to be a huge hit all over Pinterest. I used the idea again, but created “Another Year of Memories”. There are so many firsts that she encountered over the last year but many of our favorite memories were “repeats”! So to make it easier I just printed all the photos from the last year and taped them up on the same chalkboard (that I created here). I used a chalk pen to label a few of the pictures like “first walk”, first haircut”, “Disney World” and “1…2….3 ER visits”!

twoblockplayareaThe DIY fabric garland that hung on the chalkboard collage also draped my mom’s TV area where we had plenty of toys for the toddlers to play with (including some toys from my childhood!). I love some of these sweet photos I got of Lily and her buddies, Beckett & Brady. These kids are just so adorable!

twofavorsI also used the fabric garland and a vintage box to display the favors. The kids took home tiny 4 oz mason jars that were filled with homemade gak. What is gak (aka flubber)? Its the concoction of Elmer’s glue and Borax that creates a squishy & slimy substance that kids love to play with(read about the favors here). Some of the fabric from the garland was used for toppers on the mason jars. I used more of the DIY chalkboard tags to label gifts for two babies that went home with age appropriate toys. The 9 month old would attempt to eat the gak and I’m sure the 4 month old wouldn’t even think to grab it!

Now for all the backyard fun! Toddlers can be fickle so I made sure there was plenty of fun activities that would keep the kids busy. We had two tiny picnic tables that had red gingham tablecloths for the kids to eat on. The tables were placed in the grass for easier clean up and for a close place to sit while snacking in between all the fun activities.

So many ideas for a backyard party for toddlers. Outdoor chalkboard...blown up pool with pool noodles and sprinklers!The Little Tykes Beach Ball sprinkler (found at Walmart) had spray heads on all sides of the ball for endless fun! A blown up child pool sat underneath a beach tent to give some shade. I filled the pool with water, two noodles that I cut in half (to create more toys!) a beach ball and some other pool balls that were a buck at Target. On my mom’s porch I had my DIY outdoor chalkboard for a little creativity play.

waterblob1But it seems that the water blob was a huge hit with the kids. I found this idea via Pinterest (like all things) and can’t believe how easy is was to make and how much fun the kids had with it! I picked up the plastic sheeting from Lowe’s (around $8) and some duct tape from Target. Make sure you get the plastic sheeting that is 4 mil thick. I bought the 2 mil and there was one tear in the plastic during the party, but I just use some duct tape to cove the hole and it worked! Take the plastic sheeting and fold it over. Take the duct tape and seal the three sides leaving a small opening to fill with water. I did insert some fun foam shapes I had from Target. You can read a tutorial from Clumsy Crafter where I got the idea from! On the day of Lily’s party Mike filled the plastic with water from a hose and then taped the hole up. The kids had a blast running and jumping on the blob. Lily enjoyed laying down on it as if it was a water bed. I have plenty of the plastic leftover so I plan on making this again during the summer.

twowaterblob We had a bucket full of towels outside and another bucket that hung from a shepards hook filled with SPF and bugs spray (thank goodness we had no rain or mosquitoes!). I thought having these outside would make it easier on us mommas so we didn’t have to keep lugging the diaper bags all around the party! I also made sure I had some extra swimming diapers on hand in case anyone ran out.

Having a party outside? Think about providing guests with SPF & bug spray just in case they forgot theirs. You can place them in a metal buckets and hang it from a shepards hook!Having a pool or sprinkler party for toddlers? Provide a bucket with some extra towels just in case guests forgot theirs!Our family had such a wonderful time celebrating our sweet Lily with dear friends. The kids seemed to have a blast…

twoendpool…and Lily ended the party the way she came into the world….naked (minus the pigtails & bows!). Stay tuned this week for some of the DIY projects from this party!

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  1. Emily Ley commented:
    June 26, 2013 Reply

    HAHAHAH!! I love these photos! Especially the last one!! Love you friend! xo

  2. kelsey commented:
    June 26, 2013 Reply

    bwahahaha That last photo of Lily is awesome! The look on her face… oh man! Pretty sure I almost just woke up G with my loud burst of laughter. Too funny!!

    This was such a fun party for the kiddos… I mean the photos say it all, it was a great party for the kids!

    I can’t wait to prep for Gs party (parties?) in August! So fun!!

  3. mckay commented:
    July 1, 2013 Reply

    love all the pictures and details! still so sad I wasn’t there.

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Turning Two With A Backyard BBQ: part 1

Really cute backyard bbq for a toddler's second birthdayWell she officially became two years old even though our sweet Lily has appeared to be in ‘the terrible twos’ months ago! On Saturday (her actual birthday) we had a backyard BQ complete with fun water play to beat the brutal summer heat.

My dear friend Emily Ley created her invitations and I LOVED how they turned out! With a BBQ theme I stuck to red gingham as the main color/print followed by blue, white and a splash of gold here and there. Emily created a gold ‘hooray’ ticket to help weave in that color. Craft paper envelopes completed the BBQ theme feel and I used my embosser for the return address (I got mine from Paper Source). To take it up one more notch I found these awesome stamps from Zazzle that had “I want you to BBQ” with the iconic Uncle Sam (the yellow scribble is to omit my address & my parent’s). With Fourth of July right around the corner I figured I would be able to score cheaper party materials with a BBQ theme and in red, white and blue colors.

BBQ themes invites created from my friend Emily Ley. BBQ themed stamps found on Zazzle, embossed return address (got mine at Papersource) & craft paper envelopes tied it all together.The great thing about toddler parties is that you can be specific about the time of the event. We used the same time frame as last year with the celebration starting at 11 am and ending around “naptime” which falls around 1 o’clock. With the brutal Florida heat, full bellies and exhaustion over hard core sprinkler fun all the kids were ready to call it quits at the same time!

The party was held at my parent’s lovely home about four minutes away. We have a pool that takes up most of our backyard, and to get the non-swimming toddlers wet in our backyard would mean all the moms or dads would have to get in. I wanted to just sit back and watch lily and her buddies have fun (with a beer in my hand…so we opted for my parent’s house with a very large grass backyard.

twofoodsetupThe party fare was of course BBQ with pulled pork sandwiches, summer vegetable pasta salad, sliced watermelon, corn on the cob and more fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries and grapes). For the littles, we had popcorn chicken from Publix (local grocery store), same sliced watermelon & fresh fruit, applesauce pouches and corn niblets (easier than on the cob). The vegetables in the pasta salad were chopped and the pasta was whole grain so they had that as an option too!

BBQ themed party with pulled pork sandwiches (w/ 3 sauce choices), sliced watermelon, other fresh fruit, corn on the cob & whole grain vegetable pasta salad. toddler food for a BBQ themed party. Popcorn chicken (purchased from local grocery store), corn nibblets, sliced watermelon, fresh fruit, applesauce pouches and small cups of whole grain pasta salad with veggies! We prepared the pulled pork sandwiches ahead of time to keep it easier and guests had their options of three different sauces. I found the plain plastic condiment bottles from Amazon and applied craft stickers (Martha Stewart’s line a Staples) with the names of the sauce printed on them.

twosauceDue to the time of year Target had some new BBQ themed kitchen items and I snatched up this adorable galvanized pig napkin holder!

Sweet BBQ themed toddler birthday Last year I used paper as the tablecloth and wrote directly on the table to label the dishes. This year I didn’t label everything and used cute mini chalkboard clips I scored from Groopdealz. I continued using chalkboard as a way to label other party décor with some tags I made (this simple DIY project found here). When I think of BBQ red gingham and galvanized metal comes to mind. I picked up a few galvanized bins from Home Goods (that place is so dangerous) and the two tiered stand from Target. The red gingham material is actually cloth napkins I purchased from Amazon and these will be re-used as actual napkins throughout the summer and for other future parties (none planned but that’s my rational thinking).

Drink station idea. A tub for the kids mini water bottles and juice pouches. Use a basket to organize straws, cups and napkins for the drinks. Make sure you have signs to let your guests know what options they have and using the chalkboard tags are cute & can be re-used for future events. All the drinks were kept together on my mom’s kitchen island right in front of her double doors leading out to the backyard. Refreshments stayed cool inside, but were close enough for refills to stay hydrated with the heat and humidity. Fruit infused water (used sliced Fuji apples) and sangria (with sliced Fuji apples and oranges) were served in decanters with my DIY chalkboard tags. I propped up a small chalkboard (that was purchased from World Market over a year ago) to let everyone know that beer was outback in my parent’s metal cooler. The cooler had a built in bottle opener on the side so that was super convenient. In a galvanized bucket I had mini water bottles and Honest fruit pouches (apple juice & grape juice) for the kids. I used a woven basket tray to organize drink napkins, cups (kept it classy & simple with plastic) and fancy red stripe straws in a cute metal straw container (found at Home Goods).

festive decorI kept the dessert SUPER simple and made two chocolate bundt cakes (recipe here). This is my absolute favorite chocolate cake and I make it often. For Easter I brought it over to Emily Ley’s house for a get together with friends and it was a hit with everyone….so if it ain’t broke…don’t fix it right? Last year I made a smash cake, cupcakes, rice crispies and Starbuck’s cake pops….which was just too much. The bundt cakes were made the night before and lightly dusted with powdered sugar the day of….beyond simple. I displayed the sweet treat on my mom’s buffet. I covered the wall with paper fans some that I created (post coming soon) and some purchased from Amazon. My mom owns a few vintage wood boxes that I used to prop up the cake, hold the utensils and the party favors.

twomasonjarsBesides that red gingham napkins and paper fans I spread out mason jar vases around the house. Each vase had burlap and red gingham ribbon hot glued on. A few of them had a gold “L” I bought at Joann’s and spray-painted and the rest had more of those DIY chalkboard tags with the number “2”. I am obsessed with the little gold L vases that I can’t bear to embellishments off!

twogarlandLily’s first birthday was based on a DIY fabric bunting my mom and I slaved over and I swore I would never make another fabric anything for another party. Insert foot in mouth! I just couldn’t help myself and I made some fabric garlands that hung from my mom’s TV mantel, the favor box and around the huge chalkboard that displayed pictures from the past year. A DIY post on the fabric garland is coming soon!

Stay tuned for part two of Lily’s second birthday tomorrow because this post is getting too long and this weekend has left me exhausted!

 
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  1. Nancy H commented:
    June 25, 2013 Reply

    Amazing!!! Every detail is perfection yet you make it look like
    It’s so easy! Can’t wait to see more 🙂
    Xoxo
    Nancy

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Loving Bloglovin’ and Why You Should Too!

blogloovtitleHey folks a little reminder for all you Google Readers…on July first you’re going to say adios to it! Yep as part of Google’s ‘spring cleaning’ they are pouring more time into fewer products. But don’t frete…there are other options for you.

For those of you that are scratching your forehead, Google Reader was a way to save all of your favorite blogs (like Lily & Bliss!) to one location. When a blog has a new post that feeds into the reader. This way you can stay up to date on all your favorite blogs.

Have you ever just stumbled upon a new blog and liked the current post…you thought I want to continue this…then life happens (dog needs to pee or your kid needs a diaper change) and that really cool blog’s name has vanished from your memory…if you’re a mother this happens all the time with blog titles, grocery lists and important to dos! Well using a reader allows you to quickly add the new blog so when “mommy brain” switches in gear the readers will remember for you!

Google reader is gonzo on July first so if you are a user….don’t wait, sign up with other options so you can transfer all your blogs now! Two options are Feedly or Bloglovin’. I personally found Bloglovin’ to be easier to navigate so let me show you what I love (btw Feedly has some of the same attributes but I was drawn to Bloglovin’ visually and for it’s easy use).

It is so easy to add blogs to Bloglovin’. If you have a Google Reader and want to transfer all your favorite blogs to Bloglovin’ click here for the simple steps! You can do a quick search for your blog, or you can hover over “top blogs” and pick a category to view other blogs.

Bloglovin’ works on your computer, iPhone, Android and iPad.

You will receive an email with your daily feeds from Bloglovin’ all in ONE email. So you can cut down emails!

bloglovincategoriesYou can create your own categories and organize your blogs (this made me giddy!). For example you can create the following categories: Foodie, DIY and Baby. You then can add Young House Love to DIY, Skinny Taste to Foodie and on and on. That way if your only feeling the mood to read about kitchen remodels you can read just the DIY blogs.

You have the option to “like” posts and Bloglovin’ will save them under all the other “liked” posts for you to read again whenever you feel like it!bloglovinmain

Bloglovin’ allows you to comment on the blog directly from their feeder.

You can quickly skim over a new post from one blog and if you want to read it later you can mark it as “unread” so it stays in the que with all unread posts.

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    June 18, 2013 Reply

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    • Amy Romano commented:
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      No problem Lyndsey! I’m glad it was helpful!

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Simple Summer Moments

simplesummermomentsExperiencing childhood all over again through your child’s eyes is pure simple bliss…

Of course it’s easy to sit back and drum up memories of summertime as a child. I can easily recall the smell of fresh cut grass, the distinct plastic smell from the slip-n-slide and the gum flavored popsicle shaped like a baseball glove. I can still hear the loud buzz of the cicadas that pierce the southern sky and damp red dirt roads after an afternoon shower from our family visits to Georgia & Tennessee. I can recall coming in for dinner and crying at the table because the thick blades of grass in Coral Springs sliced my feet, legs, arms and hands. My mom would pop open a small metal She-Ra tray and I would eat dessert on the edge of the linoleum (I wasn’t allowed to eat on the carpet) as I watched tv….I can still hear the old school ABC World News Tonight theme song…DaDa Da Duuummm (hear it here)…and cheers for President Reagan as the walls with graffiti finally came down. Some of my childhood memories from summer still feel so fresh.

But then I have Lily. To have the chance to relive childhood through her precious hazel eyes is a special gift. Yes life seems to be sprinting by with her and because it is…I’m trying to soak up those simple summer moments.

simplemomentsgrassThose simple summer moments like running through the grass……in a tutu.

divaposeEven soaking up her arms crossed diva pose she started two months ago…

simpleicecream Those simple childhood moments like having your first ice cream sandwich. Found these mini ice cream sandwiches from Fat Boy at Publix. They are perfect size for a toddler. She gave the treat a poke or two to figure out if it was a yucky vegetable….

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icecreamsandwhich1Once the sweet chocolate was gone it became a fun game on how to eat the ice cream middle…the no hands approach is my favorite.

icecreamsanwhiches3 Summer is short and enjoy whatever you have planned on your bucket list…just remember to soak up the simple moments.

 

 
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Summer Bucket List For The Family

Summer is here!! Make a bucket list for your family to have a blast this summer and make some great memories! Great ideas to get your list started!With our first tropical storm of the hurricane season, its safe to say summer is here! I loved reading all of the comments yesterday chalked full of awesome summer bucket list ideas. (BTW giveaway winner to be announced at noon today!)

Lily slept in until 9:40 am Thursday…guess I have to thank Tropical Storm Andrea for the soothing rain sounds and Lily’s outrageous tantrums from her ear infection that wore her out. Yesterday I was able to enjoy TWO cups of coffee and finish our family summer bucket list.

Summer bucket lists are fun….if you make them. Don’t worry about making a huge list of 50 to 100 options. I have 28 ideas and many of them can be done together….like a family picnic and visiting a new park.

These are just ideas to help break up the summer and create great family memories. We all have ideas on what we would like to do or visit during the summer, so why not make a list. If you have older kids it could become a fun activity where they get to pick! Remember to make it a ‘family’ list and refrain from adding clean out garage or organize attic to the list. Yes I need to do those, but attempting this with a two year old…nope.

Among all of the comments the first one got me crying. It was from my oldest childhood friend, Shauna, who is about to become a mom for the first time. A few months ago I shared her journey to parenthood and their choice to adopt. I’m thrilled to announce that she and her husband Chris will be welcoming a baby girl later this month! Her summer will be filled with so many amazing moments! Hugs to you Shauna!

So here’s a look at our summer plans!

  1. Make caramel popcorn
  2. Visit the library
  3. Find a park to feed the ducks
  4. Family beach vacation
  5. Collect seashells
  6. Build sand castle on beach
  7. Make snow cones
  8. Family picnic
  9. Visit Augusta & Hilton Head so Lily can visit great grandparents
  10. Find lightening bugs during family visit
  11. Make gak or flubber
  12. Visit a farm
  13. Animal kingdom
  14. Watch fireworks
  15. Play in the rain
  16. Go to a baseball game
  17. Make homemade ice cream
  18. Visit a new park
  19. Family movie night
  20. Flashlight tag (can be inside!)
  21. Family bike ride
  22. LEARN TO SWIM
  23. Make a necklace/bracelet
  24. Water park
  25. Eat breakfast outside
  26. Buy a popsicle from the ice cream man
  27. Teach Lily her name
  28. Start a piggy bank

 

In true Amy fashion I am sure I will add more on to the list…but I foresee a lot of fun for the Romano family!

 
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  1. Elizabeth commented:
    June 7, 2013 Reply

    Sounds like a fun list! I’ve thought about some ideas but haven’t actually wrote them down. Baby #2 will be here soon so who knows what our summer will look like? Enjoy!

  2. A Moms Rambles commented:
    May 28, 2014 Reply

    Hey! I found you through pinterest looking for things to do with my kids and noticed there weren’t any comments, soooo…How did your summer bucket list go? Hope you have a great summer this year!

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First Blogiversary + A GIVEAWAY

*Giveaway is closed*To celebrate their the first blogiversary, Lily & Bliss is giving away a Simplified Planner from Emily Ley! Share it to WIN it!With the teething drama over the last week and now an ear infection (found out yesterday whoopee!), I completely forgot about our first blogiversary! Yep it has been one year since I stepped away from a private family blog to launch Lily & Bliss!

Over the last year I have exposed my crazy life, shared recipes, created DIY projects and proclaimed my thoughts on parenthood.  The last 12 months have been filled with some highs, lows and plenty plenty of entertaining mom-moments. I’m humbled every day when I see the growing amount of readers that visit, comment and share. Thank you THANK YOU for your sweet words and support!

Today I’m so giddy to bring you another GIVEAWAY from my dear friend Emily Ley! HOORAY!!!

Enter giveaway for a Simplified Planner by Emily Ley on Lily & BlissToday is the first day for pre-orders on The Simplified Planer for 2013-2014!!! I’m so very proud of my friend her success with this amazing product! Last year she sold out in only three months and there has been so much anticipation for the launch of the second edition. Not only am I blessed to have Emily as a friend, I’m a lucky owner of a first edition Simplified Planner. That binder has been such a blessing in keeping my crazy life organized! The pages are filled with appointments, reminders, birthdays, sweet notes, meal plans and potential blog ideas. I’m not a pusher of this marvelous product because my friend is the creator…nope I’m just a believer and lover of any item that helps keep my life organized in a neat and pretty way!

Enter giveaway for a Simplified Planner by Emily Ley on Lily & BlissOne of you lucky readers has a chance to win a pink Simplified Planner PLUS a package of monthly tabs PLUS a sticky flag book!!! The sticky flag book is a new edition this year and one that gets my organized heart fluttering!! The flags come in some gorgeous colors that match the monthly tabs. You can attach the sticky flags to special dates to remind you of your child’s swim lessons or first ballet recital. I’ve already started a section in my planner for our family’s 2013 summer bucket list!

You have 3 ways to win this amazing giveaway by sharing it on Facebook or Instagram, tweeting the giveaway or pining it on Pinterest! Leave a comment with an item from your summer bucket list and how you shared the giveaway! Remember to leave the comment, as that will be your entry! A winner will be announced on Friday by using Random.org to select the lucky new owner of a Simplified Planner!

So let the giveaway begin!!!

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{Top photo taken by Kimberly Photography, product images taken by the lovely Shay Cochrane}

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  1. shauna anderson commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I am sharing your blog via facebook and the TOP item on my summer bucket list is starting our family by adopting a baby girl!!!
    Xoxo

  2. June 5, 2013 Reply

    We’re going to read the magic treehouse series this summer, well at least a portion of it! I just pinned the giveaway!

  3. Shelby commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    My summer bucket list is extensive, but one of the things topping the list is to finally get my bike fixed! I shared the giveaway on Instagram – username shelbyisms 🙂

  4. Linda commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    My summer bucket list includes arranging a feature-worthy bouquet. I’m taking a floral class this summer, and I really want to be successful with it! I shared this giveaway via Pinterest! Happy Blogiversary!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/85920305363677724/

  5. Christina commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    My summer bucket list item is to grow my blog readership!! I shared through instagram and twitter 🙂

  6. Ashley commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I shared on facebook, twitter, and pinterest- got a little over-zealous! Haha. I’m hoping to finish up decorating my kids’ rooms this summer!

  7. Heather O'Brien commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    Hooray!! I just pinned it onto my making this happen board! My summer bucket list item would be a family picnic more often!!

  8. Sam Del Toro commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    My summer will be full of first for my 1 year old.

  9. Victoria commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I shared on facebook. An item from my bucket list is clean out enough junk in the house to have a yard sale!

  10. Aimee commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I keep seeing those planners everywhere! Love the pale pink. Following you on Twitter & retweeted about the giveaway. xoxo

  11. Sam Del Toro commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    Shared on facebook

  12. Daryl Munroe commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I am sharing this giveaway by way of Instagram (daryllmunroe). And one of my favorite things on my summer bucket list is a “me” trip out of this country!

  13. Aimee commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    Oh dear, got too excited and forgot the bucket list……. I hope to plant lots of beautiful flowers to keep our home’s curb appeal, then replant them at the new house. I also hope to keep said flowers alive throughout this process.

  14. June 5, 2013 Reply

    Ahhh so excited about this giveaway! I posted it via Instagram!
    My summer bucket list is to thoroughly prepare myself for my trip to Ghana for the Fall 2013 Semester! This is my first time out of the country and I am so blessed with this opportunity. Preparing myself has been a challenge so far with traveling to visit family members & friends, getting shots to enter the country, and even mentally preparing myself for “culture shock”! Super excited and nervous all at the same time 🙂

  15. Cara Howard commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I am truly DYING to own one of Emily’s amazing Simplified Planners, but simply to not have the money to dish out to get one anytime soon. (Heartbreaking, I know.) So, this giveaway would be PERFECT and such a God-send! Anyway, one of my summer bucket list items is to go to at least 3 Anaheim Angels baseball games with my hubby! I love baseball games, even though baseball isn’t my favorite sport in the world. The atmosphere is just SO lovely and screams summer to me! I shared this giveaway on Facebook! (My name is Cara Howard) Thank you!!!

  16. Allison commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I am slightly obsessed with the Simplified Planner, and I love it in pink! Thanks for this giveaway and congratulations on a year of blogging!
    I pinned an image from this post! http://pinterest.com/pin/148900331402664778/

  17. Lorina commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    My summer bucket list item isss this planner! I want to organize my habits, plann cooking and chores, school, business and everything in between 🙂

    I shared it on Facebook, my name is Lorina Daiana
    And Pinterest, my username is creativebalorina 🙂

    Thank you!

  18. Danielle Ehrlich commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I shared this on facebook and pinterest! This would help with my number one bucket list item, of growing my new wedding planning business! I have 4 weddings booked for the fall, and this would help me stay organized this summer!

  19. June 5, 2013 Reply

    I shared the giveaway on Facebook and I pinned it to my Organization board on Pinterest!

    Our summer bucket list is pretty long, but top 3 are
    1. Go to the beach!
    2. Start our homeschooling room!
    3. Do some landscaping in our front and back yards of our new home!

  20. Jess Richey commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this! Posted in FB, Tweeted & Pinned!!
    Hmm an item on my bucket list for the summer is to take my kiddos for a snow cone! Simple, but fun!

  21. Madaline Meatte commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I pinned the giveaway!

  22. Madaline Meatte commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I tweeted about the giveaway! @dearmadaline

  23. Madaline Meatte commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I posted the giveaway on facebook!

  24. Lyndsey commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    One of my Summer Bucket List items is to go to the large farmer’s market in Houston. I love Summer fruit and the Farmer’s Markets are amazing here in Houston. 🙂
    I shared the giveaway on Pinterest!!
    Thanks!

  25. Jen commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    Oh my heavens, so excited about this giveaway!!!

    My bucket list is short:
    1. Go to NYC
    2. Go to the beach
    3. Finish our backyard landscaping!

  26. Tara Dieterle commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    On my summer bucket list….. read a good book in a hammock by the sea!

    I pinned this beauty 🙂

  27. Theresa commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    This summer I hope to unpack and finally settle into our new house! Between my job, Junior League, and vacations/family events, I need this planner! I shared about this giveaway on my Twitter account (it’s a private account) and on Pinterest.

  28. Kat commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I love this giveaway!!! I’ve shared on instagram, facebook & pinterest ’cause I just love it so much 🙂 On the VERY top of my summer bucket list is … marrying my best friend july 20!!!! that’s more of a “life bucket list” but since it’s finally happening THIS summer, that counts right?!
    happy 1 year blog-versary! 🙂

  29. Mandy V commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I pinned the giveaway on Pinterest! On my summer bucks list is a road trip with my husband!

  30. Christina Adamson commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    This is my first time to your blog. So excited to add you to my list of bloggers I follow! I just pinned this and this summer I plan to visit Paula Deen’s restaurant, in Savannah, Georgia!!

  31. Lauren commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I shared this photo on Instagram (slaurensmith)! My bucket list this summer consists of getting settled in our new home with my husband of 2 weeks!!

  32. Jacquelyn shea commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I have an extensive list this summer, but my number one priority is to get my creative small business, The Ampersand Studios, launched! This would be the perfect way to keep organized as I start! I shared this on Instagram and Pinterest!

  33. Megan commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    A picnic in a new park with my 2 year old is one of the many things on our summer bucket list. I repined this to Pinterest!!

  34. Rebecca commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    Start to plan our UK wedding! I have been dying for a Simplified Planner and would love it to keep us all organized!:) Planning our wedding is a big bucket list item for me!…..and heading to the English shore!

  35. Stephani commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    My summer bucket list is to simply live, in the moment, more often. Too often we check out of real life by checking into a virtual life (hello facebook) and my goal is to step away. Take some time for my family and enjoy the time I get to spend with them.

    I shared the giveaway on Pinterest.

  36. Stephani Pickett commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    * Forgot to include my last name. :\

  37. Wanda commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    During this summer we have many craft projects to do with the girls. More trips to the pool are on schedule too! I tweeted about the giveaway. Hope to win!

  38. June 5, 2013 Reply

    We’re going fishing in our kiddie pool, using cut out fish, magnets and poles!
    I just posted a picture on Instagram, I tagged you and Emily.

  39. Amanda commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    My summer bucket list…make more time for Rosetta Stone to prepare for my next trip to Paris!!

  40. Amanda commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    I’m sharing the giveaway on Instagram:)

  41. Cammie \\ commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    The entirety of my summer bucket list is to take it slow. Ahhhh…

    Tweeted about the giveaway. xo

  42. laura.r.bell@gmail.c commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    Oh my gosh I’ve been DYING for one of Emily’s planners but am so broke from getting my masters I can’t justify it! Would LOVE to win!! My bucket list is to watch the sunrise on the beach with a bottle of champagne with my love!

    • Amy Romano commented:
      June 7, 2013 Reply

      CONGRATS Laura!!! Emily & I will email you later about receiving your new Simplified Planner!!! Good luck on your masters and enjoy that champagne sunrise!
      Cheers,
      Amy

  43. laura.r.bell@gmail.c commented:
    June 5, 2013 Reply

    Oh. Whoops–I pinned this giveaway and instagrammed it! Dying to win!!!!

  44. Mel commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    Happy First Blogiversary! I didn’t realize your blog was so new! I started following you in the fall and have loved all your posts. My summer bucket list is way too long, but at the top is taking my toddler to various splash pads around town and letting him splash away. He just loves the water!

    I posted this link to facebook and to pinterest. (I would post it to twitter but I don’t have a twitter account.) I am in LOVE with the Simplified Planner and ohmygoodness it would be a dream come true to have one.

    Thanks for all your encouragement and inspiration!

  45. Sarah commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    I pinned it! Username sar lac

  46. Jackie Gullatt commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    Shared on Facebook & my bucket list for the summer is to enjoy all my grand-babies.

  47. Jess Cochran commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    What a great giftaway! Hmmm bucket list definitely includes reading “Love Does” by Bob Goff!

  48. Kelly Dujmovic commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    #1 on my summer bucket list is to stop stressing & enjoy my family.

  49. Ericka Joy commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for sharing tidbits of your life through your wonderfilled blog!

    Oh bucket list how I heart thee! One thing my family and I would like to do is to go on a real camping trip..no electricity..cell phones tuned off..start our own fire with twigs..play good old fashioned board games..explore..put the tent up..snuggle in our sleeping bags..and enjoy the beautiful earth we are blessed with! Cheers to completing our summer 2013 bucket lists!

  50. Tiffany commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    Pinned to my pinterest page!

    And an item on my summer bucket list is to get away to a friend’s cottage for a long weekend this summer!!!

    Thanks so much for a great giveaway – I would LOVE a simplified planner in my life!

  51. Lindsey Nelson commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    Taking our sweet 7 month old little girl, lily, to the beach this summer and converting our basement into the best playroom ever! I shared the giveaway on Facebook. Love your blog and happy one year!

  52. Kelsey commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    I tweeted the giveaway! (@kelseyhymel) An item on my and my husband’s summer bucket list is getting our first dog and taking her on a beach day trip! 🙂

  53. Laura Oyler commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    I pinned this! One item on my summer bucket list is to go to the local shaved ice shop!

  54. Erin V commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    One thing on my list is to get some beach time in! & I tweeted the giveaway 🙂 @erinveld

  55. Catherine Grace commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    ohh thats tough choosing something from my summer bucket list but it would have to be going for gelato with my best friend 🙂

    i pinned it to pinterest- http://pinterest.com/pin/15199717465149628/

  56. Tony Tichy commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    On my bucket list this summer is to go with the flow and not have any structure to ours days. I pinned the giveaway on pintrest

  57. Dori Adams commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    Amy, I love your blog! I am swooning over the Simplified Planner and have shared it on Pinterest. On my summer bucket list is to take a calligraphy class. I hope you have a blessed day!

  58. June 6, 2013 Reply

    We made a poster of 100 things to do this summer, we found the idea on pinterest. Here’s a link- http://pinterest.com/pin/263108803202855233/

    I tweeted about your giveaway and used a bitmark, bit.ly/lbspgiveaway
    Just incase anyone else wanted to use it.

  59. Shelice Murphy commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    Going to the beach is number one for me!
    Shared on instagram!

  60. June 6, 2013 Reply

    Hello!!!

    I have to say that it is hard not to add the Simplified Planner on my Summer Bucket List! I have wanted one of these since January and have been waiting for this new launch! I am so excited!
    I pinned this page…Instagramed it…Put it on Facebook…and Tweeted about it! 🙂

    My main thing on my Summer Bucket List would have to be my Missions Trip to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic! I have never been out of the country, besides Canada 🙂 And this is something close to my heart. I have it on my bucket list because I love to travel and this will help me cross more of my traveling adventures yet to come off of my Life Bucket List.
    Thank you!!!
    – Kelsea Gale

  61. Lauren commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    Happy 1st blog b-day!!! What a fabulous way to celebrate! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Pinned here: http://pinterest.com/pin/73535406388496588/

  62. Kimberly commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    I want to stay up all night stargazing till the sun rises, just thinking about it makes my heart flutter. I shared this giveaway via Pinterest {http://pinterest.com/pin/173740498097485952/}. #fingerscrossed that I win 🙂

  63. Jen Hatzung commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    shared on pinterest http://pinterest.com/pin/264938390552015972/

    on my summer bucket list is to redo some of the vintage furniture I have thrifted.

  64. Jess Cochran commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    woops .. forgot to mention! This fun post was tweeted yesterday by yours truly! (@cochranjess)

  65. Deidre commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    Item number one on my summer bucket list: go off the grid for the weekend. No phone, ipad or computer! I shared the blog and giveaway on pinterest!

  66. Ashleigh commented:
    June 6, 2013 Reply

    I tweeted the giveaway, and this summer – my winter 😉 I want to start my business course so I can start up my business!
    Ashleigh xxoo

  67. Vee commented:
    June 7, 2013 Reply

    I tweeted about the giveaway! This summer’s bucket list will come true on 4th of July when I get to take my 7 month old on his first plane ride 🙂

  68. Jennifer Dooly commented:
    June 7, 2013 Reply

    Summer Bucket List: Go on at least one adventure just my husband and I each month. We need to be making more time for us to do fun things together instead of getting stuck in our routine. This month we took a day trip to our local zoo!

    Shared via Twitter-Facebook-Pinterest!

  69. Melissa commented:
    June 7, 2013 Reply

    Summer bucket list… To stay more organized!;) and enjoy the summer with my family!!

  70. Nancy H commented:
    June 7, 2013 Reply

    What an amazing giveaway! I’ve been waiting since
    January to get one. Love your blog and sense of humor
    even more. Thanks for sharing it all!
    Posted the giveaway on my ig feed and tagged
    You.
    Xoxox
    Nancy

  71. Nancy H commented:
    June 7, 2013 Reply

    Oops, lots of bucket list stuff, but main one is
    Going to the beach for dinner and having a
    Bonfire!

  72. Michelle Czarnik commented:
    June 7, 2013 Reply

    Can’t wait to spend the summer as a mommy for the first time. All kinds of fun new things!!! I pinned this great give away on Pinterest. Such a fun idea!!! Thanks for a year of enjoyable reading!!

  73. Shelice Murphy commented:
    June 7, 2013 Reply

    I want to make a T-shirt blanket with my daughter this summer. I tweeted about the giveaway!

  74. Emily S commented:
    June 7, 2013 Reply

    lovely!!

  75. Emily S commented:
    June 7, 2013 Reply
  76. Emily S commented:
    June 7, 2013 Reply

    oops I forgot my summer bucket list item…to go to the beach and relax!! maybe even read a book 🙂

  77. Laura commented:
    June 7, 2013 Reply

    YAY!! THIS IS SO EXCITING!! I literally have never won anything in my life! What a way to start! Absolutely adore Emily Ley and thrilled to have one of her planners!

    Awesome blog, awesome giveaway!! THANK YOU!!

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