off to Bloggy Boot Camp!

So this is what my boys and my living room looks like the day after Halloween! {grin} I hope your little ones had a great night too. I know I’ll be hiding most of this and/or giving it away!

And now I’m off to Bloggy Boot Camp for the weekend. If you’re attending, I can’t wait to meet you! Please make sure you say hi. And if you’re not, you can follow the antics on Twitter with the hashtag #BBCChicago. AND, you can plan to join next year’s tour. We’ll be chatting about some fabulous topics including how to pitch brands, making money beyond your pageviews, affiliate marketing, balanced living and so much more!

I’ll be back Monday with some fabulous Thanksgiving finds. Happy weekend everyone!

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5 secrets to building a business


A few weeks ago I shared that I’ll be speaking at the last stop on this year’s Bloggy Boot Camp tour. Honestly, I’m incredibly honored that these smart ladies want me to share what I’ve learned over the past four years.

It’s been a great road, at times a bit bumpy, but great. I like to call those bumps learning opportunities… oh, and did I learn! Just know, if any business owner tells you it’s all cupcakes and rainbows they’re fibbing. I’m just thankful I have a super supportive husband, kids that don’t mind holiday parties (where they’re photographed from all angles) three months before the real holiday and some wonderful entrepreneur (bloggers and store owner) girlfriends that I can vent to and ask advice from. Oh, and my masters in marketing has come in handy a time or two too as well. {smile} 

That said, you don’t need a masters in marketing, or a masters in anything for that matter, to be a successful business owner. And since I doubt I’ll get to see each of your lovely smiling faces in Chicago (although I’d love to if you can get away for a weekend on November 2!), I thought I would outline the highlights of what I’ll be sharing.

It’s not rocket science, but it’s all very true. These are five secrets to building a successful business from the ground up:

  1. Do what you LOVE, not like, LOVE - anything less and you won’t have the passion to see your company through. The good days are easy, it’s those bad ones that will kill your ambition. 
  2. Business plan, have one – it doesn’t have to be an elaborate 80 page brief, but you do have to have one. It will help you stay focused and it will force you to articulate your goals.
  3. Value yourself – if you don’t, no one else will, including brands. Do the math. Your time, your creativity, your opinions and your reach are all critical factors in setting your “value.”
  4. Don’t be shy and don’t be afraid of no – if I was afraid of hearing no I would never have been featured in Parents, All You, Better Homes and Gardens, etc., because they didn’t come to me. I pursued them. Have I heard no? Of course I have! But you can’t be afraid of it.  
  5. There is nothing better than the “REAL” you - this one is hard for business owners and bloggers in the early days, but I’m here to tell you that if you’re not “real” I’m not reading you, watching you, following you, and neither is anyone else. You can be inspired by others, but don’t be intimidated by them and don’t mimic them. We all started somewhere.

I’ll be diving into each of these in much more depth at Bloggy Boot Camp Brand Edition and if you’re planning to come, please introduce yourself!! I’d love to meet you!!

And if you can’t, but you want to learn more about the business of blogging, visit the SITS Girls for daily inspiration and tips. They cover everything from how to pitch a brand to how to make the most of your WordPress account.

Happy Sunday everyone!

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introducing Mirabelle Creations

Good morning everyone! I’m so happy to share that Deanna of Mirabelle Creations (shown here with her son) will be contributing her creativity  here on The Celebration Shoppe blog regularly!

She’s a mom of two beautiful children, Mira and Sam, a southern girl (you gotta like her already!), a former lawyer and a party lover! 

You can get to know more about her in this recent article with Central Kentucky News where she shares that party planning is her “way of showing the people I love that they’re important to me.”

Please welcome Deanna! You can also find her:

Happy Friday everyone and check out Deanna’s first official contributor post later this morning, adorable and easy Vampire Bat Cookies

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE!

Photo credit: Central Kentucky News

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boo-tiful party decorating ideas

I’m sharing some boo-tiful party decorating ideas over on SheKnows.com this week. Hop over for some fun crafts and a wickedly creative free printable too!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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talking Halloween on parents.com


Thrilled to once again be contributing an article of ideas to Parents magazine and this time I’m talking Halloween party crafts and sharing my Tricks & Treats printable party collection on parents.com.

I had so many favorites from this shoot, with all the fun DIY costumes and crafts, but I think my favorite to make was my DIY Halloween Monster Pedestal Candy Dishes.

For all the details, visit my original posts and tutorials and to shop the collection head over to The Celebration Shoppe for printable party supplies and custom cookies from Sweet Tooth Cottage, and to Sew Jewell on Etsy for Halloween t-shirts, owl table runners and owl chair backers.

And make sure you join Parents for their 100 Days of Holidays to get creative holiday ideas right in your inbox every day.

A big thank you to Angie Arthur Photography for all the lovely photographs of that day! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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host a BBQ bash with free printables


Summer is zooming by and I still have so much that I want to do! One of which is have friends over for a big BBQ with a campfire for roasting s’ mores after sunset. It’s on my summer bucket list. {grin}

As I was thinking about decor, I pulled these images out of the archive. I contributed to an article in Mom magazine a few years ago and designed these summer party printables for the shoot.

And of course I’m giving them to you.

DOWNLOAD our FREE BBQ BASH PRINTABLES 

I also made these fun DIY kid aprons for the shoot, the perfect backyard BBQ favor for the little ones.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft bake and create! Happy Monday!

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favorites missing on facebook?

Facebook has made some changes to all business Facebook pages. Have you noticed that your favorite brands, bloggers, or fan pages haven’t been showing up in your Facebook feed? It may be because of Facebook’s new Promoted Posts.

Brands have spent tons of time and money promoting their Facebook pages, free advertising for Facebook, but now all those that have “liked” our pages don’t necessarily see our updates unless we “promote”… aka “pay” Facebook… and it ain’t cheap! 

To make sure you see all of your favorites in your direct feed, follow these three simple steps:

1. Go to my fan page, and your other favs
2. Click on the “Liked” button under the large cover photo (see above)
3. Click the “Show in News Feed” option

Now you’ll go back to getting all the party, baking and crafting inspiration that The Celebration Shoppe has to offer right in your normal feed. That’s it! And if you’re not a The Celebration Shoppe facebook fan, now’s the perfect time to join me!

I’m off to craft some super cute bugs with my boys to share later this week!

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named a Babble top mom craft blog!

I just returned from vacation to a wonderful surprise! Babble named my blog one of the TOP 50 MOM CRAFT BLOGS! I couldn’t be more thrilled! {gushing and blushing}

I LOVE crafting and creating. It keeps me sane and I love to share my ideas with all of you. AND on top of doing something I love, to be recognized by Babble with a fabulous little write up. I’m on cloud nine! {squeal} They even shared my latest obsession, decorating birthday cakes (robot birthday cake, nautical birthday cake, Easter bunny cake) with printable designs!!!

Hop over to Babble to read my write-up and to see the entire list.

Thank you Babble Editors! Thank you!!!

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talking Valentines in All You

Excited to share that I’m talking how to celebrate Valentine’s Day for less in this month’s issue of All You magazine! You can find my ideas and others on page 12. And you can download my free Valentine cello toppers including dinosaurs, owls, ladybugs and robots!

You know what else you can find in this month’s issue…

great ideas for hosting an Oscar party! Plus over $50 in coupons for all the brands you love (not a million things you’ll never buy. Oh, there’s even one for M&Ms in this issue… my personal weakness!), simple recipes, style tips for all body types and many other articles on topics that real women and moms care about. 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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free printables for Christmas!

I’ve teamed up with All You magazine on a holiday savings story and we’re giving you FREE and easily PERSONALIZED gift tags and recipe cards! 

Download my recipe cards now, personalize them with your own recipe (or use mine) and print! Download my gift tags now, personalize them and print!

And make sure you check out my DIY punch design holiday gift bag idea (all for under $.40 per package and super cute if I do say so) and peppermint no-bake cookie recipe and pictorial!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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