Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014

Today, April 22, is Earth Day. What does that mean exactly? It means a lot of things but most importantly, Earth Day is a day to celebrate and honor our planet Earth. To do something, no matter how big or small, to conserve, protect, or preserve our planet to thrive on for many, many years. 

A few quick facts about Earth Day:

  • The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 where 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the Industrial Revolution. 
  • In 2009, the United Nations renamed Earth Day, International Mother Earth Day
  • Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in the United States. In recognition of his hard work, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.
  • More than 100 thousand people in China rode their bikes on Earth Day 2012. They did this to save fuel and to reduce the CO2 emissions from vehicles.
  • More than 1 billion people were celebrating Earth Day by 2010, which was Earth Day's 40th anniversary. More than 180 countries celebrated, and Facebook has become a popular tool to spread the word.
  • Earth Day is meant to show support for protecting the environment.

A few quick reasons why this day is so important:

  • More than 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the United States each year.
  • Half the world’s tropical and temperate forests are now gone.
  • More than 2 million people globally die prematurely every year due to outdoor and indoor air pollution.
  • Every year in the U.S. nearly 200 billion beverage containers are sold, two-thirds of which are land-filled, incinerated or littered.
  • There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than at any point in the last 800,000 years.

  • Be sure to do your part today, and every day, to help preserve our planet for our children and their future. 

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

    Clorox Ick Awards: Keeping Life Clean

    Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clorox. #ickies #ad

    As a mom of two young boys, icky moments are bound to happen and happen often. The best part of life are those true, spontaneous moments that happen when least expected. It's always best to just relax and enjoy all that life throws at you and let Clorox help keep it clean.

    Being a stay at home mom, I have had to deal with blowouts and blowups, runny noses and lots of sick days. We've made mud pies, planted a garden, been on a bug hunt (and found some questionable critters), finger painted the paper, the wall, ourselves, and each other. Motherhood is an amazing journey full of messes and ickiness and it is the most wonderful journey I have ever been on. The messier and ickier the moment, the more memorable it can be. Plus, knowing that Clorox can handle all of our messes gives me a sense of relief and one less thing I have to worry about.   

    Are you a mom with an icky story? I am sure you have more then one. Clorox is hosting an Ick Awards Twitter Event on April 9th from 6:00pm to 10:00 pm (eastern time zone). Be sure to join in the fun while Clorox gives away $2500 in prizes. Be sure to head over to Clorox to share your icky story now! 

    Want to hear my icky moment? My newly starting to potty training son went potty in his pants while on the tea cup ride at Walt Disney World. To make the situation worse, we forgot the bag with the spare clothes at the hotel. So, my son had to stay in his clothes the rest of the day and even met Mickey Mouse completely covered in his wet, pottied on icky clothes. Not to mention that it was very hot and he wanted to be held quite often. We were all in need of some Clorox help after that. 

    Have a hilariously icky moment you want to share? Head over to Twitter and follow

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clorox. #ickies #ad

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    Win $1100 in Our Spring Cash Giveaway!!

    Winter is finally over and Spring is here! What better way to celebrate Spring then by winning $1100 in our Spring Cash Giveaway! Time to get out those sandals and capri pants and hang up the jackets.

    These large cash giveaways would not be possible without an amazing group of bloggers and small businesses who contribute. They include: Spaceships and Laser Beams, Vintage ConfectionsTania Fischer DesignThis Little MamaMade by a PrincessMighty DelightyDesigned by Dawn NicoleYumtasticsFrench PemberleySamantha Walker LLCJellyfish PrintsYoung Adult MoneyA-Manda CreationBellaArtista InvitationsSugar Co.BellaGrey DesignsParty PatisserieA Wife A Mom A LifeBabies ArtroomPiece of CakeKristeNicole PhotographyHousekeeping Services of Hilton HeadThe Storybook ShoppeSeshalyn PartiesBest BirthdaysCustomized Wedding CreationsFantabulosityGiggles and Grace DesignsMagical Vacations by TracyOne Swell StudioEat It & Say YumWise Owl ShopReality To DreamsSugar Sugar CakesUR InvitedTutus & Bowties EventsBe Envied Entertaining and Child Go GoAnd that's not all! To see the entire list check out the Rafflecopter form below!

    $1100 Thank Goodness It's Spring Cash Giveaway
    March 27, 2014 at 11:59PM toApril 21, 2014 at 11:59PM
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    PRIZE: One winner will receive $1100 USD payable via PayPal
    Eligibility and Rules: This giveaway runs from Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:59PM to Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:59PM. It is open to individuals over the age of the majority in their home country. The winner will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. It is the sole responsibility of the winner to report to and adhere to all laws in their respective country, which includes payments to any governing tax body. This giveaway is void in any country or territory where it is prohibited by law.
    Claiming Prize: The prize will be sent via PayPal. The winner must have a PayPal account to receive it. The winner also must claim their prize within 48 hours of receiving notice. If you do not claim your prize within this time frame, your entry will be void and another winner will be drawn. Please ensure that  spaceshipsandlaserbeams [at] gmail [dot] com is on your "safe list."
    Disclosure: This is a blogger-sponsored event that is in no way affiliated with PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media channel. If you have questions, email Stephanie at Spaceships and Laser Beams at spaceshipsandlaserbeams [at] gmail [dot] com.
    Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter! None of the entries are mandatory but the more entries you do, the more chances you have to win! Running short on time? Come back as often as you like to finish the form and maximize your chances of winning the big prize.

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Win a $50 Plum Box from Pick Your Plum!

    We are huge fans of Pick Your Plum and could not be more thrilled to be able to offer our fab fans the opportunity to win a $50 Pick Your Plum Box full of awesome goodies.

    You may have noticed some daily deals posted on our page with the cutest stuff at amazing deals.

    We happy to be able to partner with them to bring you this fantastic giveaway.

    Enter to win some $50 worth of super awesome goodies from the Plum Shop.

    Please use the form below to enter to win.

    PRIZE: One winner will receive a $50 Pick Your Plum Box full of goodies.

    Eligibility and Rules: This giveaway runs from March 27, 2014 at 9:00am (central time, 8:00am mtn), until March 27, 2014 at 10:00am. It is open to individuals over the age of the majority in their home country. The winner will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. It is the sole responsibility of the winner to report to and adhere to all laws in their respective country, which includes payments to any governing tax body. This giveaway is void in any country where it is prohibited by law.

    Claiming Prize: The prize will be sent via Pick Your Plum. The winner must claim their prize within 48 hours of receiving notice. If you do not claim your prize within this time frame, your entry will be void and another winner will be drawn. We don't want to have to do that! Please ensure that the email toni [at] creativedesignsbytoni [at] gmail [dot] com is on your "safe list."
    Disclosure: This giveaway is a blogger-sponsored event that is in no way affiliated with PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media channel. 

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    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    {Local Event} Operation Party, Support, Love Fundraising Event

    Several months ago, Jennifer from BellaGrey Designs, asked us to help out with an event she was organizing and hosting on behalf of Operation Shower, Operation Party, Support, Love Fundraising event to help raise money for this wonderful organization. Of course we said yes and got to work on finding a location for the event and anything else she needed for us to do.

    The event was held on November 21st at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, TX and was a great success. There were several wonderful and amazing vendors and friends there showing their support for this fabulous organization.

    Operation Shower is about celebrating, honoring and showing love to military families.  Operation Shower is a  501(c)(3) non-profit organization and their mission is to provide joyful- AWESOME — baby showers for military families to ease the stress of deployment.
    For military families who are expecting a new baby and are experiencing or have recently experienced deployment, they accomplish their mission through:
    • hosting amazing baby showers;
    • delivering high-quality products;
    • creating a shared experience;
    • bringing recognition to military families; and
    • working with individuals and companies to provide them an opportunity to show their appreciation and love for military families.
    To learn more, click here!

    All photographs taken by Kristen Kibbe of KristenNicolePhotography.

    Ginger was sweet enough to talk about and explain what Operation Shower is to all of our guests.

    Guests purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win $5000!

    Pure Dental sponsored the raffle for the CHANCE Cash giveaway!

    Pure Dental is just steps away from The Angelika Film Center and Cafe. They also donated two different Sonic Care Systems for the raffle.

    The mini silent auction was a huge success ~ three sets of Dallas Mavericks tickets which included parking passes and $60 gift cards for food and beverages; a mini portrait session with Kristin Nicole Photography; custom painted children's step stool by Sugar Bear Designs and a few Cabi clothing items were included in the auction.

    The raffle was a great way to get our guests involved in the evening events. We had everything from a $50 Movida gift card to a couple $20 iFratelli's gift cards as well as the Sonic Care Systems and more.

    Here Ginger is drawing for the BIG chance cash giveaway and the winner is........


    She did not win $5,000 but she did win teeth whitening for LIFE from Pure Dental!!

    Our guests brought their appetites to the party and were not disappointed!

    The Angelika provided the wine and beer at the cash bar. 
    All of our guests went home with goodie bags, full of all kinds of wonderful items from all the sponsors in the area.
    All proceeds from the event went to benefit Operation Shower.

    The beautiful bags, ribbon and tissue were donated by Nashville Wraps!

    The event was a huge success and Jennifer did an amazing job hosting this amazing fundraising event for this wonderful organization.

    For more information about Operation Shower please check out their website at OperationShower.org.

    Check in with Jennifer at BellaGreyDesigns or on BellaGreyDesigns Facebook page.

    Check out more great photos from Kristen Kibbe at KristenNicolePhotography.
    Vendor list: 

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    {DIY} How to Catch a Rainbow

    Want to know how to Catch your own Rainbow? Check out this simple and easy DIY craft that is perfect for everyone and super easy to create with your kids.

    My son wanted to give something special to his teacher last year for her birthday, which happened to fall on St. Patrick's Day as well. I knew I needed to find something green or Leprechaun related.

    So, I got to work searching Pinterest, Google, and even Facebook for ideas and inspiration, but through all the throngs of lucky green posts and pictures, I just could not find anything that stood out.
    Thankfully, inspiration sometimes comes when you least expect it!

    While up late one night with my sick little boy, I stumbled upon a post on Facebook about a “St. Patrick’s Day in a Jar” on Babble. It was perfect, and I knew that it was exactly what I wanted to make for his teacher.

    St. Patrick's Day Jar Craft

    I headed straight for the store to gather all the materials.

    • Large bag of skittles, regular flavors/colors. 24oz
    • Bag of mini marshmallows
    • Mason jar
    • Gold coins (plastic or chocolate) I used plastic. It gets very hot here and didn't want them to melt.
    • Ribbon

    It was pretty easy to assemble, but not as easy as they make it look online. Do you ever see all those awesome crafts on Pinterest, try them yourself and not turn out nearly half as awesome? Yeah, that was this. However, after a few tries, I think we got it down and they came out super cute!!

    I even ended up making two jars because I wanted to surprise a friend who is in need of a little lucky rainbow to help brighten their day!

    To catch your rainbow just follow these simple steps:

    • Separate the skittles by color.
    • Place gold coins into the bottle of the jar. I placed some at the bottom and place some along the sides.
    • Layer the skittles by color. I placed purple first then green, yellow, orange, and red.
    • Top with mini marshmallows. Be sure to pack it in so skittles wont move around.
    • Place lid on and secure. Tie ribbon around the neck of the jar.
    • Add a personalized tag make the gift extra special

    Toni :)

    Spring Break Pizza Party Celebration

    Spring Break is coming to an end and what better way to celebrate then with a fun Pizza Party Celebration. We gathered our friends and headed out to the neighborhood pizza place for some pizza, drinks, desserts, and fun. Even though it was a rainy day, they still had smiles on their faces and had a great time.

    We colored our favorite pizzas with a little bit of help from the Turtles.

    It's Pizza time!! The boys worked up quite an appetite coloring all those pizzas pictures. 

    After pizza, it was time for desserts. We celebrated with cupcakes for the kids and cannoli's for the adults.

    Of course no party is complete without proper decorations. 

    The boys had a blast celebrating the end of their Spring Break with a Pizza Party Celebration! 

    Check out our ETSY Shop for your own Pizza Party Decor.

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

    Showing our Disney Side @ Home Celebration

    We were selected, among several other lucky bloggers, to host a Show your Disney Side @ Home Celebration. We were so excited when our party pack arrived. We posted all the exciting details about our party box HERE a few months back. Along with Disney, American Tourister, HP, and Ocean Spray were among the other amazing sponsors of this party. So, of course we had to go all out and make them proud.

    After weeks of planning and ideas swirling through my head, I knew exactly what we were going to do. A fun Disney Themed Movie night for my boys and his friends. It would be great. Well, in my head it was perfect. But, in reality, not so much. My oldest son came down with Strep throat the day of the big party. So, party canceled. All that planning out the window. But, no fear, we always have next weekend.

    Weekend arrived and we were ready for party take 2. Well, surprise! Youngest son is now sick with Strep as well. NO!! So, not wanting to disappoint the boys, I decided to go ahead and have a smaller scale less over the top type of party. Just a few snacks and drinks and their favorite movie.

    I plopped in Monsters University and got the party started. I gathered some of their "stuffed" friends, hung some decorations and enjoyed a fun night with my little guys.

    A huge thanks to Disney, American Tourister, HP, Ocean Spray and everyone for all the support, information, and the opportunity to Show our Disney Side @ Home.

    For more information to show your Disney Side, check out more info HERE.