Martha’s new Crafts For Kids book!

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Martha Stewart Living Editors have collected 175 of their favorite Crafts for Kids and bound them all in one book! And I’m giving away a copy! Enter now for your chance to win, or you can pick up a copy at Amazon!

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Good luck! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY marble run craft + book giveaway

Crafts For Kids

Have you seen Martha Stewart’s new book, Crafts For Kids? It’s 175 creative and colorful projects (from easy to a bit more involved like this one) to keep your kiddos excited and entertained. For instance, this peg-board marble run. My boys can’t wait to give this craft a try. They’ve already raided my craft room and their dad’s work bench!

~~Book excerpt ~~

Lots of kids like to tinker with machines, take things apart, and generally figure out how stuff works— just for fun. Embrace that curiosity with this endlessly fascinating project. It involves creating a clacking, whacking gumball machine that runs without electricity, all with parts found in the kitchen and toy box. This gadget starts up with the turn of a paddle, and then— after much rolling and pushing and lifting— drops a gumball into a container. You win! 

Marble Run Craft

Higher Ground

Our peg-board base rests on toy blocks: Ask an adult to drill holes into five blocks (one for each corner and one for the center), then use nuts and bolts to secure board in place. (You may also want to screw the beach hoe to the base in step 4.)

Crafts for Kids

STEPS:

1. START with a gear. The side wheel’s shaft goes through the oatmeal container to a paddle made with building toys (see page 123). When you TURN the paddle, the gear’s spokes rotate the top wheel, which has one long spoke.

2. This causes the car to ROLL down the ramp and into a marble (held in place by 2 tacks) on the ramp’s lower end.

3. The marble KNOCKS through a hole in the top of an upside- down cup and into a paper- towel tube (which is pushed into a hole in the cup’s side). The marble ROLLS through the tube.

4. On the marble’s way out of the tube, it FALLS into an aerosol- can cap. The cap is at one end of a pulley’s string (the other end has a washer tied to it). The pulley hangs from a hook attached to a beach hoe. The weight of the marble PLUNKS the cap onto one end of a lever (made of spoons fastened to a spool).

5. The weight of the marble on one end of the lever causes the other end to BUMP a pencil attached to a shovel handle with a tack and string. This LIFTS the handle, which TIPS a marble resting in the shovel.

6. The marble ROLLS down into another ramp made from plastic tubing. At the end, it DROPS into the back of a truck parked on a lower ramp.

7. The weight causes the truck to ROLL down a piece of train track and STRIKE a bendable straw, which SWINGS into a series of upright dominoes.

8. The dominoes TOPPLE one by one. The last domino weighs down a cork TACKED to a string, which is tied to a flag. The flag is ATTACHED to a clip; PERCHED on the clip is a gumball.

9. When the last domino FALLS, the cork is released, and the flag pops up. The gumball on the clip FALLS and drops through 2 funnels, then into a bowl. The machine finally comes to a stop. 

Crafts For Kids

TIPS: Your machine’s parts are less likely to break down if you follow a few suggestions:

  • Be sure the sections are high in the beginning and gradually get lower— then go up again in the middle— to provide momentum.
  • Use strong tape to anchor objects to the surface (ours is a piece of Peg- Board).
  • Keep joints from wiggling by tightening them with rubber bands, twist ties, or pipe cleaners. If something isn’t working after an adjustment, don’t be afraid to replace the structure with new elements (for instance, use blocks instead of construction toys).

Want to see the other 174 amazing crafts the amazing Martha Stewart Living Editors collected? Well you’re in luck! You can pick up a copy at your local book store, Amazon, or you can enter to win a copy right here!

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Good luck! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Reprinted from the book Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids by the Editors of Martha Stewart Living. Copyright (c) 2013 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Photographs copyright (c) 2013 by Stephen Lewis. Published by Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc.

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pinterest party + multiple giveaways

Pinterest-Party

Kick off your summer entertaining by joining me and a few of my bloggy friends for a Chillin’ and Grillin’ ultimate summer Pinterest party!

We’ll be pinning our favorite summer entertaining ideas and hosting a few giveaways! Click on the prize pins and enter a Rafflecopter drawing that will be chosen when the party ends. (Hint: Much greater chance of winning since these giveaways won’t run for 10 days!)

The details:

Party and Craft Bloggers

Tori (EdiTORIal by Tori Spelling),  Kim (The TomKat Studio) Jenn (Hostess With The Mostess), Jenny (Craft That Party), Courtney (Pizzazzerie), Kim (The Celebration Shoppe), Jenny (Bloom Designs Online), Maureen and Adria (Anders Ruff), Casi (cupcakeMAG) Kori (Paper & Pigtails),  J & Do Driver (Piggy Bank Parties)

Join our Chillin’ and Grillin’ Pinterest Board, mark your calendar and don’t miss the party! And a big thanks to Jenny of Craft That Party and Jenny of Bloom Designs Online for putting this fun evening on!
As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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The Celebration Shoppe on Pinterest

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Mother’s Day giveaway ~ iPad mini +

Mothers Day

Morning ladies! Okay, so Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I have two fabulous things to share with you!

First, do you have a million pictures of your kiddos (like I do) that you’d like to share with your mom and dad, grandparents, brother, cousin… etc.? And do you feel guilty (like me) that you never get around to sharing them… Ummm… yep.

Well, familiar, a free app turns the screens you already have (iPhone, Android, Tablets, PCs, and Macs) into a picture frame, allowing you to see and share family photos… PRIVATELY… no matter where you are. I know, you probably think I have no private pics because you see my kiddos here, on facebook, on Instagram… everywhere. But trust me, there are pictures, like of Christmas morning when my hair is still standing on end, that I prefer not to share with the world. Call me crazy. {grin}

And the best part, you don’t have to be app-savvy. Just download the familiar app. Upload pics. Invite family and close friends to join. Photos start showing up instantly in computer screensavers and smartphone/tablet photo wallets. Easy peasy and no more grumpy moms or mother-in-laws asking for pics from the family picnic for a third time!

Watch this short video to learn more… then go download the familiar app!

Second, we’ve teamed up with familiar to give you the chance to win the most amazing gifts ~ an iPad mini and a Shutter bag camera bag… one for you and one for your mom! {squeal} I only wish I could win myself!

We’re using Rafflecopter so I’m sure you know the drill, but just in case, you can either enter with your e-mail or with your facebook account.

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Happy Mother’s Day and make sure you check out the FREE familiar app. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Oh, and share the pictures with your family and friends! {wink}

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pin it to win it ~ Anorak Magazine

Anorak Magazine

I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Gibbs Smith Books and Anorak magazine, a London based kids magazine with the perfect tagline, “The Happy Magazine for Kids.” As a mom that loves the conveniences of today, but sometimes longs for the simplicity of yesterday, this magazine rings home for me.

Founder, Cathy Olmedillas, describes her love of vintage books and annuals in a recent post on Gibbs Smith new blog, Red Barn, as the inspiration for her magazine. If you love vintage, you simply must hop over and read how she was inspired to launch her magazine. She even shares some of her favorite vintage authors and illustrations. It’s just lovely!

Anorak Magazine Kids

My boys recently got to spend some time with Anorak. It’s so vibrant and creative, packed full of ideas, stories, word puzzles, coloring pages and a even a few crafts. This is a magazine to be written in, read, and yes… dare I say it, even cut out of. Your kids will love it!

So here’s how you can win a 4-issue subscription of this new kids classic for you and a friend ($90 value):

  • Follow Gibbs Smith Books’ Blog, Red Barn on Pinterest
  • Follow Anorak Magazine on Pinterest
  • Pin the feature image in this post using the hashtag #AnorakMagazine (It’s all in the Rafflecopter widget below, but here’s a sample summary for you to use on your pin if you like: Love vintage kid books? You’ll LOVE @Anorak Magazine ~ there’s a pin it to win it contest going on through 2/15/13 #vintagebooks #AnorakMagazine #kidbooks #kidmagazine)

But there’s more! Have you ever wanted to get an idea of yours in front of a book publisher?! {giddy} Well here’s your chance!!

  • Pin your idea (or ideas) of your favorite kid related idea (craft, book, food, clothing) to your own board and use the hashtag #RedBarnFeature. The editors at Gibbs Smith Books will be selecting at least one person to guest post and share their idea on their blog! YAY! (Don’t worry… use the hashtag on as many pins as you like and we’ll find them!)

We’re using Rafflecopter for this Pin It To Win It contest. It’s super easy and you can either login with Facebook or your e-mail. Pin away!

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Don’t want to wait for the winners to be announced? Shop Anorak Magazine online at Gibbs-Smith.com

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and in this case, share those ideas with a book editor! {grin} Happy Tuesday everyone!

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the after party + a chance to win

So the Game Day party is over and it’s time to pack up all those yummy left overs. I personally have used these Rubbermaid food storage containers for over a year. I tossed every other plastic bowl (most without a matching lid because the dishwasher ate it) in the cabinet.

I love that these Rubbermaid bowls all match (I can’t help it… I feel more organized when things match), are leak-proof because of this fantastic seal on the inside rim (which has saved my kitchen floor more times than I can count), and have lids that snap to the bottom of the bowl so I don’t lose them (and yes… they stay better organized). Plus, the way they stack gives me extra space in the cabinet. 

Okay, to summarize: pretty, organized and leak-proof. What’s not to love?!

So for my after parties… the “clean-up” after the party that is… I use Rubbermaid.

My little guy and I just ran out last week and picked up a few new Rubbermaid pieces at Target for our upcoming party using coupons from Target.com.

Log on and get some Rubbermaid coupons for yourself! Just visit Target at coupons.target.com/rubbermaid-coupons and print. It’s that easy!

And guess what!! Rubbermaid is hosting a Game Day Party Sweepstakes!  They are offering the chance to win an Easy Find Lids Party Pack, a 48Qt Cooler and $100 VISA gift card! Enter at Rubbermaid.com right now!  

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Happy Monday everyone! And make sure you enter to win Rubbermaid’s fabulous Game Day Party Sweepstakes!

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This project is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but as you ladies know, all my opinions are always my own. I would have it no other way! http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

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merry & mod Christmas brunch + $1200 giveaway

Want to host a merry and a bit modern Christmas morning brunch?! I host a brunch every year for the grandparents. It’s a fabulous way for them to get to see what Santa brought and to extend the lazy merriment that tends to go on around our house all day. {grin}

Here are a few ideas I pulled together for a Merry & Modern Christmas Brunch Idea:

Want to see more in this Red, Green, Black and White color palette for Christmas? I’ve pinned over 60 ideas that you’ll love! And what’s more, you can have a chance to win some goodies!

Bird of Bird”s Party, that pretty lady in the center of the tree, asked a few of us to share a peek into our holiday Pinterest boards and worked with these companies to coordinate an amazing giveaway for you!

Enter now to win $1,200 in goodies! Just sign in to Rafflecopter below with your e-mail address or your facebook account and earn as many as 47 entries, one for each of us you follow on Pinterest. Good luck!

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

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Mom Blog to Money Blog ~ $199 value!

This post is for all my blogging girlfriends and all my readers who have ever thought they might want to blog!

I’m blessed to have a friend like Laurie Turk, founder of tipjunkie.com. She’s a fabulous person AND a very smart business woman! I learn from her constantly. And when she told me she was writing this comprehensive Mom Blog to Money Blog workshop I was a bit giddy! I’ve been blogging since 2008 and although I’ve accomplished a lot, I’m personally going through her 31 day plan myself. It’s like having direct access to her business brain… and trust me… this is somewhere you want to spend a bit of time if you’re looking to make money blogging!

After speaking at 8 Social Media Conferences, and meeting so many talented women who so desperately want {or need} to make money with their blogs, Laurie felt compelled to share ALL her systems, strategies, and secrets to making money with her Blogspot blog turned WordPress blog turned Social Network site.

Laurie’s Mom Blog to Money Blog online workshop is a step-by-step guide on how to create a system that maximizes the work you are already doing on your blog.  It’s Laurie’s exact system that she uses for TipJunkie.com, where she earns $12,000 monthly on her Google Adsense alone. {wow!}

Her Mom Blog to Money Blog online workshop also includes 16 Printable Checklists and 17 How-To Videos with screen-capture technology, as well as 30 day activities and assignments which breaks the tasks down for beginner and advanced bloggers. No matter where you are in your blogging career, this workshop is for you!

And guess what?! I’m giving away one full access membership to Laurie’s online workshop!!! Oh yes! Enter for your chance to win now, a $199 value! Woo Hoo! Good luck!

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Are you ready to learn how to make money? Then make Laurie’s Mom Blog to Money Blog online workshop your early Christmas present and hit 2013 running! Use code “MONEY” and get 10% off!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and in this case… make some money! Happy Monday everyone!

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Giveaway! Win the iPad 3

I’m thrilled to team up with some fabulous gals to give away an iPad 3! It would be a fabulous Christmas gift for someone you love!  Or, you could just keep it for yourself… {huge grin}

It’s a 16GB, WiFi iPad in the color of the winner’s choosing (black or white). I like the white myself. And the giveaway right now through October 24th! Tell everyone! 

The gals and I are using Rafflecopter for this giveaway because it’s one of the best, most secure ways to host a giveaway like this. It allows us to store and track entries as we get them and Rafflecopeter even allows us to draw a winner with random.org when the giveaway is over. To enter, you can either login to the widget below with your Facebook account or with your name and a valid e-mail address. Comments are welcome; however they will not be counted as an entry to the giveaway.

We’re asking that you fan us on facebook to enter. If you don’t know some of these lovely bloggers, I think you’ll enjoy all the fun and creative ideas they have to offer.

GOOD LUCK in the giveaway and thank you so much for “liking” us!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with more party inspiration. I’ll give you a hint… think “Alice!” Happy Wednesday!

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my recipes cookbook GIVEAWAY

I love cookbooks, but they have to have pictures. I need to “see” what the final dish is going to look like… I know. {grin}

Now MyRecipes.com, Time Inc.’s popular food and recipe website, has created the next generation of cookbooks. 

America’s Favorite Food has a unique Scan-It/Cook-It™ feature that lets readers instantly access recipe-specific videos, professional tips and cooking guides via their smart phone or tablet without leaving the kitchen! Genius!

The images are beautiful! And see that “scan this photo” box in the corner… download a free app, scan it and you’re watching a video on how to soften butter for the recipe. LOVE this book!

Visit MyRecipes.com on youtube for a quick video on how this all works:

Isn’t it amazing?! Want to win a copy? {smile} 

Entering is simple and you can enter up to five times using Rafflecopter (in the box below, either login with facebook or just use your e-mail address):

  1. Comment,
  2. Be or become a fan of The Celebration Shoppe on facebook,
  3. Be or become a fan of MyRecipes.com on facebook,
  4. Be or become a twitter follower of The Celebration Shoppe,
  5. Tweet about this giveaway

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

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