Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Blast $1000 Cash Giveaway

All that summer fun leave your wallet empty? Want to experience one last summer fun excursion? Imagine what fun you could have with an extra $1000 in your hand!! Go on a weekend getaway, a fun family get together, or an awesome shopping spree. Check below for more information on how to enter to win this fabulous prize!


A giveaway like this would not be possible without the support of many bloggers and small businesses. They include Spaceships and Laser BeamsFantabulosity, Anders RuffCreative Juice CafeA Cup Full of SassCourtney's SweetsBarefootinBluejeansCreative Designs by ToniForever Your PrintsThe Organized Details, Mommy MomentBellaArtista InvitationsSomething Blu EventsFor the Love of FoodDesigned by Dawn NicoleDime Party DivaLife Mom WifeDebbie Donato, Party ConnoisseurJ'adore Lexie CoutureThe Lovebug CollectionMerry About TownTutus & Bowties EventsMaple Leaf MommyLifeovereasyNinja MommersA Mother ThingGreatStitchDownshiftingPROMarabousPlease Excuse My Craftermath...Printable Parties to GoJellyfish PrintsCaseyPalmer.com and Fitness Fashionista. And that's not all! For a full list of those who have participated in this giveaway, check out the Rafflecopter below!


Summer Blast $1000 Cash Giveaway

Monday, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:59PM to Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:59PM

Open Worldwide


Prize: One winner will receive $1000 USD payable via PayPal

Eligibility and Rules: This giveaway runs from Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:59PM to Monday, September 15 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 via email. 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.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Getting Crafty for Back to School

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV


Back to school is literally right around the corner and that means we are busy getting ready to send the boys off to kindergarten and to second grade. We have kindergarten orientation and meet the teacher night coming up in just in a few short days! EEK!! We love to shower our teachers with praise and gifts and to celebrate the start of the new year, we always bring something special when we meet the teacher for the first time. 


For the past two years during meet the teacher night, I have grabbed a bottle of hand sanitizer, because we all know classrooms are full of germs, and gave to our new teacher! Of course with a cute little note saying something like Happy New School Year or something similar. This year, to make it extra special we headed to Office Max to see what goodies we can find to make our gifts one of a kind. Now, that my youngest son is entering kindergarten, we have two gifts to make.


With Expo Neon Window Dry Erase Markers, we were able to decorate some mini organizers with the word "supplies" and fill it up with Sharpies and awesome pens by PaperMate. We love the Expo Neon Window Dry Erase Markers because it gives the look of a permanent marker or paint but can changed later when and if their teacher wants to use this for something other than supplies. Plus, the colors stand out and was so simple to use! Since its a dry erase marker, we were able to erase it when we made a mistake. Ooops!

Of course the supplies caddie is a great gift in itself but, we really want to personalize our traditional hand sanitizers for our teachers. So, this year we used Sharpies to hand decorate each bottle front with "Germ Juice" to include in our supplies caddie. It was super simple and easy thanks to Sharpies. 



To create your own custom DIY Gifts, head over to your nearest Office max or Office Depot and you could save $5 Off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch). Plus, Weekly savings from (Aug 17-23): All Sharpie Singles are $.25. While Supplies lasts! What a steal!! Be sure to sign up for Office Depot Rewards for even more savings.


Be sure to check out Office Depot on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Friday, August 8, 2014

{DIY} Easy Kids Canvas Painting

As the summer comes to a close, I realized that my little boys are growing up. Way too fast. They were no longer little baby boys but, big little boys growing into young men. Cue the tears. It's heartbreaking. Yes they are still young, only 5 and 7. They no longer playe with the trains and trucks and the picture books are pushed to the back of the book case. Taking their places on the front line are video games, action figures, and more "grown up" toys and books. With that being said, it was time to transition their playroom into a room that suited them as big boys. 
One afternoon I cleaned out all their toys and took everything off the walls and then realized I had nothing to hang in its place. Plus, I was on a budget to re do the entire room, which is two areas that needed a complete makeover. I knew I had to get crafty and a DIY project was in order. After a quick trip to Hobby Lobby, I grabbed two 2 pack 8 x 10 blank canvases and got to work creating this very easy craft project that took only a small part of the afternoon.
Gathered paint, paintbrushes, the canvases, and I cut out some decals with vinyl. But, any type of decal, paper cut out, anything, will work just the same. I got right to work. I wasn't sure exactly how I wanted them to look. I just knew I wanted something different. It just kind of came to me during the the painting process and kept at for the rest.
I applied the decal to the center of the blank canvas and got to painting. The brush strokes were completely accidental but loved how it came out. I was using my sons little water color paintbrush that was falling apart. But, it actually helped make the project more creative and stand out.

I painted strokes from the inside out, as to not get any paint under the decal. Very important to remember. Inside to out only. Do not brush back and forth. You will risk getting paint up under the edges and ruining the design.



Once the paint dried I peeled off the decal and had the best decor I could ever have! Event better then if I bought it because I did it for them. Total cost $6.00 for 4 paintings. Perfect!
We can not wait to share these pieces in our newly remodeled playroom. It is perfect for them and we did it all on a very small and tight budget! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Family Movie Night with Pop Secret and Rio 2

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® Pop Secret and Fox Entertainment, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #PopForRio2 http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV


We love movies! Every kind, every type. Growing up, movies have always been a big part of my life and it has been passed down to my kids. It doesn't help that my husband works in the entertainment industry and works closely with movie studios, marketing firms, and even film festivals. 

Movies are such a huge part of our families lives and with all our busy schedules, we love to get together for a family movie night when ever possible. It is something my boys look forward to and are always asking to have one. It's the one time that we can all sit together and relax and just be there for one another. Whether snuggling up on the couch or going for a an all out blanket fest with pillows, blankets, and the whole stuffed animal gang, each and every movie night spent together has always been fun and memorable.

So, when we decide to have a family movie night, we always rely on PopSecret Popcorn to help make the night extra special. The boys know the sound and smell of the popcorn popping in the microwave and always come running in excitement!


With our unexpected weather change here, rainy and cool, very cool temps, 70 in July in Dallas is virtually unheard of, it was the perfect time for a family movie night. After running up to our local Wal-Mart to get our very on copy of Rio 2, we gathered some favorite stuffed, furry friends and since Rio 2 was just released on DVD, this exact same day, we knew it had to fate. We made our favorite movie night snack, Pop Secret Popcorn, to go along with our new favorite movie, Rio 2, grabbed some drinks, and let the fun begin.

Rio 2 continues to follow the adventures of Blu the Blue Macaw and his friends from Brazil. They travel to the Amazon rain forest for a fun, yet wild, adventure. Rio 2 is a funny, family friendly movie adventure that is sure to please all ages. 








If you love PopSecret as much as we do, you will love this even more... Click HERE to get your $1.00 off  any PopSecret Popcorn (While Supplies Last). Also, be sure to check out this fun site with more information about Rio 2 including information about how to throw your own awesome party.

We would love know how you spend Family Movie Night??? 

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

ZYRTEC® ALLERGY FACE®



Tracking Pixel This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®

Now that the weather is getting warmer, we love to spend more time outdoors. Whether we are having a picnic at the local playground or taking at hike at our favorite campground, we all love being outdoors. However, allergies seem to hold us back more often then not.

Our children are only young once and we want to enjoy them as much as possible. We can't let the threat of allergies, runny nose, watery eyes, or sneezing stand in our way. We want to get out and have fun and enjoy life and make memories. I don't want their memories to be stuck in the house.



Being a stay at home mom getting a night out is a rare occurance, but when it happens I cannot let allergies stand in the way. Who wants a stuffy nose and watery eyes when trying to enjoy a movie or a nice dinner? That is why when I know I am headed out for the night, I rely on ZYRTEC® to start working during the first hour on the first day I take it



Whether a girls night out, date night, family game night, or the social night of the season, I can't let ALLERGY FACE® stand in my way of a good time. Do you suffer with ALLERGY FACE®? Jamie Greenberg shares some secrets to help you combat the puffy faces, stuffy noses, and watery eyes.





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Monday, June 23, 2014

The Great Grand Glittery Giveaway!


The Purple Pug is celebrating 14,444 Facebook fans with a glitter covered party girl world tour! I am honored to be included among the 72 fabulous and amazing party girls on this global giveaway! 


The Sparkling Sponsors of this Party Bus~
My Sentiments by LiamaSparkling Events & DesignsFaith's Cookies and CraftsVintage ConfectionsD's StitchesTwo Turtles PaperieMy Fancy PrincessSweet Georgia Sweet,  Bird's Party,  Your Blissful DayKK's FavorsSomething Blu EventsPaper + Pop,  Painted and SprinkledMade by Cristina MarieParty PinchingExpressions Paperie,  Party Style MagazineMcClure Couture,  A Touch of Whimsy Designs, The Party Wagon,  Sew PookieDouble the Fun Parties,Creative Designs by Toni,  Katie D's Pampered ChefFlaired Affairs,  Three Little Monkeys StudioBeautiful Paper Crafts,  PeckledLauren McKinseyStampin' Fanatic!,  Candy Crush ShopMonkey See Monkey Do Art Studio,  Garnish Inc.,  Miss Party Mom,  Print The Party,  Crumbles, Autumn Lynn's Chocolate Sins, Just a Little SparkleMeghily'sChelsea Rose Baby, Gemini Celebrations,Origami DelightsThe Krafty KoreanRecipes2Go, Cupcakes by K, Little Handmade Party Company,Dulce Press, I DO invitations by MichelleDime Party DivasOlive it BoutiqueCakes and Kids,MelissaNewell.com, Luc & Lilah EventsPiece of CakePattycakesHaute TutureCookie Queen Kitsch'n, Tini PoshOne Busy MommyDreamlike Magic Designs,  Creating AwesomenessityTea Party DesignsShake Down with AshleyGiggles & Grace DesignsSweet Scoops Celebrations,ClaymaktionThe Grown Ups TableMiss Sew an Sew, SisterE Origami Owl, Sweet Soiree Designs,Create, by Carrie.

The dazzling deets:
To achieve a giveaway this CRAY, I had to pull together an even bigger list of some of the most spectacular human beings on the planet. These businesses span four countries and all are simply amazing on so many levels. Some are established businesses, some are brand new-all offer up something extraordinary. Honored to have them at my party. 
Prizes:
THREE randomly chosen winners will each receive $444 USD in funds via PayPal. You must have a PayPal account to enter.
TWO randomly chosen winners will each receive $44 USD in funds via PayPal. You must have a PayPal account to enter. 
Rules:
Contest is open from June 23, 2014 at 12:00am EST to July 4, 2014 at 12:00am EST. The winners will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. The odds of winning depend on the number of people who enter. Giveaway is open worldwide to all participants 18 years of age and older. Void where prohibited by law. Winners are solely responsible for any taxes, duties or reporting as required by law. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Should they not claim their prize within this time, another winner will be selected. Please ensure that the email thepurplepug [at] thepurplepug [dot] com is on your "safe list" as we would hate for you not to get your prize!
Disclosure: This is an independent blogger giveaway. It is in no way associated with PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media network. I did not receive money to be part of or promote this giveaway. Should you have any questions, please contact Kristy at The Purple Pug  via email at thepurplepug[at] thepurplepug [dot] com.

With Purple Pug fashion, there is always a glittery twist!  


Honored and thrilled to announce that our glittery, global Party Bus will be making a very special stop, at a very special station. We will be making a $444 donation to Operation Shower on behalf of all the passengers on this Party Bus. We are amazed by your work. Beyond supportive of your noble cause. The very least we can do is gift some dazzle and diaper money your way:)

And to all the military families out there-we thank your for your service, bravery and sacrifice.

Dont forget to enter here!!! 
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Start The Summer Off Right. Win $1000!


Let's start the summer of right!!! Enter to win $1000, yes $1000!!! Just think of all the fun summer things you can do with that amount of money! It's super simple and very easy to enter. But, this is one giveaway you do not want to miss out on.

This giveaway could not be possible with a group of amazing bloggers and businesses including Spaceships and Laser Beams, Designed by Dawn Nicole, Fantabulosity, A Delicate Gift, Anders Ruff Custom Designs, Samantha Walker LLC, Dime Party Divas, UR invited, J'adore Lexie CoutureA Wife A Mom A LifeA-Manda Creation, Design Dazzle, Merry About Town, Sugar Sugar Cake Designs, Be Envied Entertaining, Lauren McKinsey, BellaArtista Invitations, Unlimited Party ThemesDebbie Donato, For the Love of Food, Grown Ups Magazine and Reality To Dreams. And that's not everyone!!! To see all of the sponsors, click on the Rafflecopter form at the end of the post.

Start the Summer Off Right $1000 Cash Giveaway
Monday, June 9, 2014 at 11:59PM EST to Monday, July 7, 2014 at 11:59PM EST
Open Worldwide

Prize: One winner will receive $1000 USD payable via PayPal
Eligibility and Rules: This giveaway runs from Monday, June 9, 2014 at 11:59PM EST to Monday, July 7, 2014 at 11:59PM EST. 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.

$1000 Cash Giveaway


Monday, June 2, 2014

{The Heist} Sam's Cops and Robbers 4th Birthday Party

What happens when Stephanie of Spaceships and Laser Beams brings together her son's love for police and her very own Cops and Robbers Printable Collection? A party fit for a hero of course! Planning a party can be overwhelming and expensive to say the least. But, Stephanie is sharing her son Sam's Cops and Robbers 4th Birthday Party and how you too can have a fabulous party on a tight budget. 

police birthday party dessert table

It seems to me that most little guys go through a phase playing “good guy/bad guy” and my son, Sam, is no exception. Adding to that interest, one of our neighbors is a police woman and Sam has been fascinated to see her in uniform.  All of that enthusiasm pointed to a Cops and Robbers themed party for his last birthday…and I just happen to have a Cops and Robbers printable collection in my shop that I wanted to use. This party was a lot of fun to put together!
police birthday party clothing


In any printable collection there is usually more than one way to use a piece. For example, at this party the table backdrop is an enlargement of our decorative paper and a cropped image of the thank you card. It is also serving as a poster in Sam’s playroom now that the party is over. I used our napkin rings as decorative edging on the base of the cake display. Party decals were used to embellish serving glasses, on the cake and they also personalized memo pads used in the favor kits. So, I like to encourage moms to use imagination when looking at potential decorations. Using the collection pieces in more ways than what is stated as the original intent also gives a nice cohesion to a party theme.

police birthday party dessert table ideas

police birthday party food

The dessert table featured a red velvet cake which was topped with polymer replicas of the policeman and the robber. The top tier was in policeman blue and the bottom wore the same color as the robber. The money bags were actually cake pops by Evie and Mallow, who also created the darling cop and robber cake pops.

police birthday cake

police party food cake pops

police party food robber cake pops

police birthday party cop cars cake pops

One side of the table played up the cops and the other, the robbers. The good guy side offered bags of cop corn (popcorn), vanilla cupcakes in our “cop car” wraps and donuts on a pedestal. The baddie side had chocolate cupcakes in the robber’s getaway car wrap, bags of heist corn (rice cakes) and donuts setting on top of locked, metal boxes.

police car birthday party cupcakes

party food police birthday
 cupcakes for police birthday party

party food ideas for police party

The jailbird stripes used for covering the beverage station table was actually wrapping paper—one of my favorite go-to’s because there are so many wonderful color choices, it’s inexpensive and easy to clean up. Water bottles wore our wraps with a policeman riding a motorcycle; the straw medallions featured the policeman image too.

police birthday party printables

police birthday party supplies water bottle wrappers
 police birthday party printable supplies
The kids had fun posing in front of a mock line-up; did you ever see such a tough little gang?!

police birthday party photo booth

The kids played “toss the handcuffs” and a “catch the robber” game. I cut out a stack of the robber images from our 2” decals and hid them around our yard. Each child was given a little bag to hold what they found.

police birthday party games ideas

For favors, I made police kits that included a memo pad, aviator sunglasses, an ID badge, a flashlight, a moustache, a mini lock and key set and a magnifying glass. Girls received “evidence” (costume jewelry) and the boys received mini police cars. They were also each awarded an official looking document for Certification of Completion, a policeman’s visor and they got to adopt a police dog, too.

police birthday party favors

police birthday party favor kits

police birthday party favor kit ideas

The kids had fun; I had fun! Sam thought the whole thing was “awesome Mommy”…sweet words any mom would like to hear!

Visit Stephanie and her Cops and Robbers Collection at Spaceships and Laser Beams. Thank you Stephanie for sharing this amazing party with us! 

Toni Thomason

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