organize your craft room GIVEAWAY


I’m always looking for great storage for my craft room. I have an ever growing supply and it can get out of control. {grin}

So when the fabulous people at Rubbermaid asked if I’d like to try the new Bento Boxes available at JoAnns Craft and Fabric Stores, I was all in!

The new Bento Boxes are a stylish design that can stay out in the open. No need to hide these pretty fabric covered storage boxes. But they’re not just pretty, they’re a bit genius when it comes to organizing and getting the best use of the space!

Have a look! Bento Boxes have interior dividers that you can customize. They pop out, literally, from the side and they’re strong so things don’t slip under the dividers.

Other fabulous features that I’ve really enjoyed, especially when hauling my craft supplies around my house or off to photo shoots — the lids and handles. The lids are super stong and completely flat on top so you can actually use them as a work surface. But again, there’s more… you can flip the lid upside down and have a work surface with sides so things don’t roll away. This might be my favorite feature when we’re shooting outside!


And what’s better, I’m giving away a set to one lucky reader! Entering is simple and you can enter up to four times using Raffelcoption (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 Rubbermaid on facebook,
  4. Tweet about this giveaway

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

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All opinions are my own. Sample giveaway provided by Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. and Rubbermaid®. Contest open to United States residents only.

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Make It Beautiful book + giveaway


Have you ever watched Monica Pedersen on HGTV? Well let me tell you, she is exactly the person you see: down to earth, sweet, hilarious and full of ideas!

I recently sat down with her (on the phone) for an hour to discuss her new entertaining book, Make It Beautiful, and I was impressed by her lovely personality. She shared how her mom was her inspiration. Something I can completely relate to. And how she started her career as a model. Okay, something I can’t relate to. {wink} Do you remember the commercial with Bob Villa? That was when her hit show Design to Sell was born and as they say, it’s all history from there!  

Monica has a passion for design and although she loves designing a room, she also loves designing a party table! And for inspiration, she starts by roaming the isles of her favorite fabric stores. Something I can admit is almost always top on my “to do” list when we’re looking at creating a new collection. 

Her new book, Make It Beautiful, is full of real parties, practical advice and fun ideas for the average entertainer on any budget. And as we chatted, Monica shared a few behind-the-scenes moments. Remember, these are all REAL parties.

One moment, funny now but not when it was happening to her, is from the beautiful outdoor graduation party shared in the book. The weather was iffy all the way up to the party and like any good planner Monica had weighed her options, kept the Weather Channel close to her all day and measured an indoor room in case everything had to be pulled quickly. Well the rain came before the event, but the day was clear at the time of the event so the party styling went on outside as planned. Monica really wanted to hang these beautiful chandeliers from the branches above the table. Since the tables were already in place (one long seating arrangement) she had to stand on the table to hang them. Unfortunatley because of the rain the day and night before the ground was wet and the table started to sink! {plates crashing, utensils clinking, glassware rolling off the table} The situation was handled and the guests non the wiser, but Monica laughs that it was a lesson learned!

Monica brings all of her charm to this book and her good friend and photographer Peter Rosenbaum captures full views and tiniest details. All in all, a lovely and very entertaining read!

Now down to the goodies! I’m giving away a signed copy of Monica’s Make It Beautiful book to one lucky reader!

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this page telling me you’d like to get creative styling your next party with Monica Pedersen’s new book, Make It Beautiful. Yep, it’s that easy!

Deadline: August 14, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

Extra Entries (leave a comment for EACH extra entry please!):

Or, why take your chances! You can buy Monica’s Make It Beautiful in hard copy right now on Amazon. Also available for your Kindle! And on Barnes and Noble.

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Oh, and throughout today, I’m also giving away Courtney Dial Whitmore’s new book, Candy Making For Kids. Hop over and enter!

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Candy Making For Kids book + giveaway


I’m a southern girl {humming Sweet Home Alabama} and so when I met Courtney of Pizzazzerie online I liked her just because… {grin}, but then I met her in person at several blogger events (Martha Stewarts Dreamer Into Doers and BlissDom) and then I knew she would be one of those truly sweet blogging buddies. You know, the ones you call when you really need advice and your husband or non-blogging bestie just can’t understand or help. Yep, Courtney is one of those gals.

And I couldn’t be more proud of her! She’s a creative soul and has just published her second book, Candy Making For Kids! And it’s hitting Amazon and Barnes & Noble at the perfect time to help us all gear up for the holidays!

I know that I can’t wait to get in the kitchen with my boys. Most of you know that my youngest has severe food allergies and buying snacks for him can be almost impossible. Making candy sounds like tons more fun. I love to get messy in the kitchen with them anyway and he of course can’t wait to get started! There are several straight out of the book he can try, like:

  • Valentine’s Conversation Hearts,
  • Easter Baskets,
  • Gummies,
  • Lollipops, and
  • Candy Necklaces

And so many more with a slight modification! He and I both are super excited!

Now down to the goodies! I’m giving away a signed copy of Courtney’s Candy Making For Kids plus a child size whisk and rolling pin to one lucky reader!

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this page telling me you’d like to get creative in the kitchen with your kiddos. Yep, it’s that easy!

Deadline: August 8, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

Extra Entries (leave a comment for EACH extra entry please!):

UPDATE! Our winner has been chosen via Random.Org and the winner is #33, Amy McCoy! Congrats Amy! I hope you enjoy Courtney’s new book and the other goodies!

And if you’re like me and you want a copy right now, hop over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and get a copy! And the fabulous thing is, you can have that one signed too! Courtney has darling red + white polka dot book plate labels that she will be mailing out to those who request them so you can stick the signed greeting inside your book.

Here’s how you get your book plate! Just e-mail Courtney at courtney@pizzazzerie.com with the subject line BOOK SIGNATURE and show proof of purchase (e.g., screen shot of online order, picture of receipt, etc) along with the address to send the book plate and who to make the greeting out to. 

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

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Author: Courtney Dial Whitmore; Photography credit: Zac Williams

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win $500 Jo-Ann gift card!

I’m thrilled to share that Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is hosting a baby nursery inspiration contest! They want to see your creative baby nursery ideas.

To enter is simple! Just grab your video camera, or your smart phone, and take a quick video tour of your baby nursery sharing your crafts and ideas, upload the video to youtube and enter on the  Jo-Ann blog. They’ll share your entry on their pinterest board for all their readers to see! Deadline is June 30, 2012. Need a few video tips and want to learn more about the contest? Hop over to the Jo-Ann blog for all the details.

Jo-Anns will select their favorite and present a $500 Jo-Ann gift card plus a baby prize package! Woo Hoo! I wish my baby nursery was still intact. Sadly my littles are way past that stage and we’ve moved on to big boy rooms. {sniffle}

And if you don’t have ideas to share, but are looking for tons of inspiration for your own nursery, hop over to the Jo-Ann pinterest board to see all the lovely entries!

You can also follow Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores on Facebook and Twitter!

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

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Sierra Mist giveaway winner!

Thanks to all who entered our Sierra Mist giveaway and congrats to Jenny of Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line for winning a Sierra Mist Natural gift pack (shaker, drink garnish/sugars, party glasses) & a $50 AMEX Gift Card!

Jenny said “We made Ka-POW PUNCH for my son’s super hero birthday party by mixing Sierra Mist, Hawaiian Punch, and frozen Blue Raspberry Kool Aid star shaped ice cubes. It was a huge hit!”

You can find more recipes on Sierra Mist’s facebook page and make sure to checkout my Valentine party punch too!

Winners are selected via random.org. Thanks to all who entered!

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Valentine party punch + giveaway

My Christmas decorations aren’t all put away yet and my brain has already moved on to Valentine’s. I know… it’s just who I am. {snicker}

Over the holidays my sister-in-law made this incredible punch and she had kids and adults alike clammmoring for it. It was fabulous. I took her idea, tweaked it just a bit (thanks Norma!) and came up with this Valentine party punch!  

Here’s what you’ll need per flute serving (punch bowl):

    • 1/3 Sierra Mist Natural (2 liter)
    • 1/3 tropical punch (2 liter)
    • 1/3 scoop pineapple sherbet (1/2 gallon)

Oh, and there’s a GIVEAWAY! {Yay! Free Stuff!} ~ win a Sierra Mist Natural gift pack (shaker, drink garnish/sugars, party glasses) & a $50 AMEX Gift Card

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this page telling me your most creative cocktail/mocktail recipe idea. You never know, it might just wind up on Sierra Mist’s facebook page! Hint. Hint.

Deadline: January 5, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

Extra Entries (leave a comment for EACH extra entry!):

  • Like Sierra Mist on facebook
  • Like The Celebration Shoppe on facebook (existing and new counts!)
  • Follow Sierra Mist (@SierraMist) and The Celebration Shoppe (@celebshoppe) on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Something like: Head over to win a $50 AMEX card and entertaining pack from @SierraMist & @celebshoppe ~ goo.gl/fb/knJH9
  • Sign up for The Celebration Shoppe updates through my RSS feed (upper right sidebar); if already signed up just leave a note letting me know.

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

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{NOTE: This post was sponsored by Sierra Mist Natural, however, all opinions are my own. You guys know I don’t write about things I don’t like. That would be too much like work!}

No purchase necessary to enter. Prizes will only be shipped within the United States. Winner will be selected at random using Random.org. All entries received after the giveaway closing day and time will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winners will be notified via email. 
 

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tis the season to shop, eat & win $100

I had the best time this weekend! It all started on Friday when I had lunch with some of my sweet friends to welcome Laurie of Tip Junkie to the neighborhood and to thank my girls Bridget and Tammy for being so welcoming when she needed direction on the best schools/neighborhoods and I didn’t have all the answers.

We went to Marcella’s, a lovely little Italian restaurant. We talked and laughed too loud… and ate amazing desserts. And the best part, besides that blurry pic that our waitress took… {sorry girls!}, we didn’t have to worry about divvying up the check at the table (and making me late to pick up my babies from school… ).

With the new Serve card from American Express, one person can pay the bill and then be reimbursed by their  friends instantly via e-mail or mobile device.  

Then, on Saturday, we took the boys to the theatre to see Arthur Christmas, shopping at the Lego store and to lunch. This pic is of my oldest really enjoying the movie. Apologies again for the less than perfect photography. These are from my cell phone. What?! I can’t take my real camera everywhere! {grin}

As you can imagine, the lines were crazy. And guess what came in handy, my Serve card! My mom was buying the boys a few Christmas gifts, on the sly, and I saw a toy I had been looking for at the last minute. I couldn’t very well stand in line for 30 minutes holding it and them next to me so mom paid for it with her stash while I took the boys elsewhere and then I was able to pay her back instantly through my serve account. It was fabulous! No more checks!

It’s basically a pre-paid card that you can load up from your bank account, with cash, etc. In addition to be able to pay people back quickly via e-mail or your mobile devise, divvying up checks and the like, it’s perfect for those that are nervous about shopping online with their regular credit cards and for those who want to help their tweens and teens learn how to use a card wisely without having to worry they’ll overspend.

The best, best part! This post is sponsored by Serve from American Express. And if you sign up for Serve (super easy) you’ll receive a $10 credit that you can use the very first time you use the card. Just leave me a comment (it can be how you’d use serve or just hi) below by December 31, 2011 and you’re entered to win an extra $100 credit to your account! Yippee!! (NOTE: American Express will randomly select a winner on Jan. 9. The winner will be notified via e-mail.)

Want to know more about this serve thing? Visit serve.com, join serve on facebook and follow serve on twitter.

Official sweepstakes rules and regulations may be found by clicking here. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

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headbands for hip girlies

I first met Stephanie of Paislee Lane when she submitted her little girl as a model candidate for our Art party photo shoot (Art Party Dessert Table, Art Party Photo Op, Art Party Collection in the Shoppe) back in April. Here daughter was just adorable and came to the party wearing this fun little headband. When I asked Stephanie about it I found out that she’s the creative soul and owner of Paislee Lane, a shop of headbands for hip girlies.

So when we started planning our harvest party shoot, I contacted Stephanie to see if she would like to create some headbands for the girls. She sweetly said yes and they turned out so very lovely.

And now Stephanie has agreed to give one lucky winner, one each of the beautiful designs she created for us. That’s four beautiful headbands in lovely fall colors, plus the design of your choice, a $50 value! 

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

  1. Visit Paislee Lane’s shop on Etsy and tell us what your favorite design is.
  2. To earn a second entry, Like Paislee Lane on Facebook (make sure to leave a comment here!) 
  3. To earn a third entry, Like The Celebration Shoppe on Facebook (make sure to leave a comment here!)  
  4. To earn a fourth entry, Follow The Celebration Shoppe on Twitter and tell all your twitter peeps about this giveaway. Sample tweet: Win $50 in stylish headbands for the hip girlie from Paislee Lane via the @celebshoppe blog http://ow.ly/6CYUR  

Deadline to Enter is Sunday, October 2. {Open to U.S. residents only.} GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS SHANNON. She said “Love the pyper cream and the cali vintage brown …how fun would these be in my little girls hair! Thanks for the giveaway.”

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Get Carded with Hallmark {$100 value}

In this world of IMs, Tweets and Facebook, the art of a handwritten note can get lost in the shuffle. I know I’m guilty of it. That’s why I’m excited to introduce the “Get Carded Challenge” from Hallmark — a fun way to help us connect and re-connect with the special people in our lives “just because.”

For me, I have a 94 year old grandfather, who is thankfully healthy and still lives in the home (in Alabama, some 800 miles from me) he and my grandmother raised their children in. My grandmother passed away a few years ago (I still miss her terribly and I’m sure he does too) and he’s now living alone. Not being of the generation of computers, cell phones and the internet, my dad and I call him every day just to check in. The conversations are sometimes shorter than I would like (in this world of running a company, being a chauffeur to two boys, sports, etc., etc.) so when this offer came my way I knew exactly who I wanted to send my cards to.

Getting mail, especially unexpected mail, with a sweet note and maybe even a picture inside of the family, can really brighten someone’s day. I encourage us all to pause from time to time and reach out to those we love and those we rarely get to spend time with.

And this giveaway, an assortment of 14 Hallmark cards (including postage) PLUS two recordable storybooks, is just the way to get started. You may recall my post on the recordable storybooks from January. They are a brilliant idea! My dad lives near my grandfather (again, some 800 miles away) and how wonderful it would be for him to be able to read my boys a story anytime they wanted! I know what you’re thinking, why don’t I give him mine… NOPE! I like the idea that if something were to happen to me, I could still read my little ones a story anytime they wanted. He’ll just have to get them one for Christmas! {wink}

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

  1. Tell us who you will reconnect with using the cards if you win.
  2. To earn a second entry, Like Hallmark on Facebook (make sure to leave a comment here!) 
  3. To earn a third entry, Like The Celebration Shoppe on Facebook (make sure to leave a comment here!)  
  4. To earn a fourth entry, Follow The Celebration Shoppe on Twitter and tell all your twitter peeps about this giveaway. Sample tweet: Enter Hallmark’s Get Carded Challenge at @celebshoppe {$100 value} and reconnect with someone you love!  http://ow.ly/6vhyS

Deadline to Enter is Wednesday, September 21. {Open to U.S. residents only.} THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! VIA RANDOM.ORG, THE WINNER IS #25, Mayra.

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$50 gift card to Willow House

I’ve got an exciting giveaway for you today! My new sponsor, Willow House, is giving away a $50 gift card and there are so many lovely things to choose from. Entertain outdoors this fall with this beverage bucket and stand.

 Get a jumpstart on decorating your house for Christmas. I’m loving Rudolph!

Or, you can organize your craft room! I personally would love this rod iron organization center. I’d put a mini lazysusan under it and place it in the center of my craft table. But since I can’t win, I want you to!

TO ENTER THE WILLOW HOUSE GIVEAWAY

Deadline to Enter is Sunday, September 4. {Open to U.S. residents only.} THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! VIA RANDOM.ORG, THE WINNER IS #12, CAROLYN. She commented “It would be hard to choose something. I like their morningside cady!”

Good luck and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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