Bali Week: Straw Hat DIY

Apr 18, 2014 | 11 Comments

It’s time for a straw hat DIY reveal!

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I started with this basic straw hat (this one is from Old Navy!), a pair of white and yellow Martha Stewart paints, and a paintbrush. (Sidenote – as I’m not a paintbrush connoisseur, I just picked the one that looked like it would be the easiest to work with when I was at Joann’s! It kind of reminds me of a concealer brush.)

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Hat n’paint!

After leaving the beachfront setting in Lembongan, I headed up to Ubud which has quite a different backdrop. Instead of ocean, you’ve got rice paddies. It’s dreamy.

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The rice paddies… c/o Clementine Ford

I was lucky enough to be in town for the Balinese New Year called Nyepi, which was the happiest of accidents. The festivities begin with villages creating “ogoh-ogoh” demonic creatures out of paper mache and bamboo, parading them through town, and then burning them at the end of the festivities. People are in the streets singing, dancing, cheering, drinking, and just celebrating.

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Nyepi Festival!

This ritual is meant to purge the negative elements to bring about a clarity with nature, with God, and with the rest of your fellow neighbors.

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Ogoh-Ogoh

After the festivities are complete, comes a day of silence where everyone stays inside and enjoys a day of self-reflection. You’re not allowed to use fire (no cooking!), work, travel, and lights have to be kept dimmed. This means every store, restaurant, shop, market, and even the airport is closed and you’re not allowed in the streets. Police patrol to make sure everyone is abiding by the rules. For the tourists, we could roam our hotel grounds but were unable to leave. For me, it turned out to be the best day to get in some meditation as well as some crafting!

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Cartwheelin’ with Target (+ a $1000 Target GiftCard® Giveaway!)

Jan 31, 2014 | 397 Comments

Today I’m doing a post with Target and their new Cartwheel app. Now I tend to use Target as my go-to for everything – cosmetics, check. Groceries, check. Project supplies, check. Clothes, check. You name it, I’ve gotten it at Target. There happens to be one right down the street from me, so instead of having major weekly hauls there, I just go when I need something. Like at 10pm when my printer cartridge bails (blerg, printer cartridge) or if I just want a medley of fro-yo, thank you notes, daily multi-vitamins, and holiday decorations, like you do.

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I love felt/wire flowers!!

Their new app called Cartwheel is an all-in-one coupon database that doesn’t involve any coupon clipping. Basically, you sort through the categories of items you’re shopping for (there are over 700 available offers that are constantly changing!), choose the Target coupons that you’re interested in, and then as easy as that, they’re all saved in your passbook.

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Cartwheelin’

Because they only work for in-store purchases, when you’re ready to check out, open the app, show the barcode that is unique to you to the checker, and then the savings are automatically deducted. You can access Cartwheel through your desktop or tablet as well and then print out your barcode and bring into the store to use if that’s an easier option!

For those coupon clippers (I’m so envious of you!) you can still use the app on top of the coupons you clip – just extra cash back!

I had my cooking club this week and needed to pick up ingredients for The Barefoot Contessa’s baked cinnamon donuts that I’m making (along with Mexican hot chocolate…images and post to come!). So I piled up a bunch of offers from flour to sugar and chocolate…

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Coupons picked!

…and then flashed my barcode to the checker when I left. It really couldn’t have been any easier to save a little bit of change!

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Barcode Pride!!

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Target is hosting a fab contest with all the participating blogs giving away a $1,000 Target GiftCard®! $1000, wahoo! Just let me know in the comments below what you’d spend your Target bucks on if you win? I’d love for the winner to be one of you guys, so leave a comment below and get in it to win it! I’d do a little necessities stocking up (contact solution, fo sho), then hit the accessories (I always find the cutest bags) section, before a quick stroll down the cosmetics aisle for a new hair dryer. That would just be on trip #1 :)

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Ready. Set. Shop.

Contest runs until 2/28!!

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This sweepstakes runs from 1/30 – 2/28.

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Volunteerism Shout Out with Advil!

Nov 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Advil® as a part of the Advil® Relief in Action campaign. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Advil® as a product or its effectiveness.

Today’s post is a special one – I’m working with Advil® to talk about volunteerism and in turn getting to highlight one of my most favorite people who embodies doing good. My girl, Courtney Collins, founder of the children’s craft studio little junebugs is volunteer extraordinaire who works with a variety of children’s organizations including CoachArt, Pablove Shutterbugs, and Milk + Bookies.

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No, you are my favorite! (Photo by Tanya Alexis)

I’m in awe of everything she does – not only is she an incredible paper flower creator (she made me the most insane arrangement here), her studio, little junebugs, is a community partner with CoachArt which is a non-profit that provides children living with chronic illnesses and their siblings an experience to help improve their quality of life. Each month the studio has an afternoon of team crafting with the kids, creating everything from puppet shows to oversized comic books, that are shown at an art show after a three-month session.

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Let the crafty games begin! (Photo by Shelly Waldman)

“We want to cry with pride at how much these kids come out of their shells, the friendships they have made with their teammates, and how proud they are of the art they have created. When we have CoachArt, it is my favorite day of the month.”

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Team Effort (Photo by Shelly Waldman)

Courtney is working on her very own program at the moment (paperwork’s in the mail!) where little junebugs will be directly serving children with chronic illness through teamwork, creativity and their imagination in January 2014.

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Finished projects (Photo by Shelly Waldman)

“I really want to be able to open our magical studio to more families and to be able to do more with what I’ve built at little junebugs. It’s been tough, we have almost had to close our shop three times this year, but miracles just keep us (and myself) going. I am super optimistic that I can stay in business and grow my program.”

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Creativity Central! (photo by Shelly Waldman)

“When providing relief to others, I get an incredible confirmation that I am doing a good job sharing the best qualities and talent I was blessed with…and constant inspiration.”

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The kids!! (Photo by Tanya Alexis)

There is nothing that brings me more joy than seeing my friends do awesome things and be the awesome people that they are. Courtney is such an inspiration and is exactly the person that the Advil® Relief in Action initiative is saluting. She’s one of the millions of volunteers who give when it comes to helping others. Everyday people who are there for others.

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Courtney and her amazing team! (Photo by Tanya Alexis)

The Advil® Relief in Action campaign honors volunteers who actively give back. Earlier this year, as part of the Advil® Relief in Action program, Advil® donated a portion of the price of participating bottles to Habitat for Humanity® International and Wounded Warrior Project® so their volunteers could get the relief they needed, and get back to giving back. It’s awesome to show love and respect to those who are doing so much good around us – you are a crafty, one-of-a-kind rock star, CC.

I can’t wait to start working with Courtney come the new year in her brand new endeavor! What are some of the things that you volunteer for, want to begin volunteering for, or do to help others?

Click here to see more BlogHer posts from Advil® Relief in Action. Like Advil® on Facebook and follow @ReliefinAction on Twitter and Instagram. Share your own Relief in Action by posting pictures with the hash tag #ReliefinAction on Twitter and Instagram.

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Giveaway: Uncommon Goods

Nov 4, 2013 | 170 Comments

Happy Monday!!  There’s really nothing better than a fun giveaway to kick off the week, right?

One of my favorite sites, Uncommon Goods, is giving away a $50 gift card to a lucky reader!

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Uncommon Goods!

They have such a cool collection of products - I got a cheesemaking kit for one of my cheese-obsessed friends last year for Christmas – and just a really well curated DIY gifts section to pick from.  I tried this organic Make Your Own Lip Balm kit by Herban Crafts to experiment with one of their offerings…

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DIY kit time!

…and as much as I thought I was going to mess up, it couldn’t have been easier.  Click through to see how my glosses turned out and to enter the giveaway!

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Kelly’s NDAD Creation: Halloween Edition

Oct 21, 2013 | 13 Comments

More amazing costumes from you guys continue! I love this one that Kelly created for her daughter. Just wait until you see the final photo!

Thank you for inspiring me and so many others to reuse, repurpose and recycle! As Halloween approaches, I wanted to share my story about the costume I made for my daughter last year. My daughter recently got into archery so I thought it would be easy to make a Halloween costume that would go with her bow and arrows – Robin Hood. Ready-made costumes I saw online were expensive ($35!) so off to the thrift store I went to see what I could do. I found this white blouse for $5 that had the “look” of what I was going for.

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