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Photography Conference

Hey ladies! Okay, I’m giddy. I’m heading to this year’s I Heart Faces Photography Conference for Women! Woo Hoo!

It’s going to be amazing! It’s this October in Ohio. For those of you know me, you know I live in Ohio so I want to be the first to tell you that the change of seasons here is an amazing burst of color! It’s total eye candy for photographers.

And I’ve known Amy and Angie, the co-founders of I Heart Faces, for years. They are both amazing photography talents, but not only that, they’re smart business women. If you want to take your photography skills (I know I do!) or your photography business to the next level, join us!

As you can tell from this video, the conference is covering a multitude of topics. You’ll find amazing speakers and teachers, creative entrepreneur business sessions, hands-on camera lessons, photo editing, specialty workshops, a photo walk and oh yeah, a opening night party!

There is a ton more detail about this year’s conference on I Heart Faces including details about each workshop and the guided tour of Amish Country that is open to the public (those not attending the conference).

If you come, please find me. I’d love to meet you in person! And if you can’t come this year, make sure you stop over at the I Heart Faces website for regular photography tips and challenges. I swear I learn something new from there every single week.

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

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30 back to school photography ideas

30 Back To School Photography Ideas

It’s that time again! Time for first day back to school photos. I’m planning what I’m going to do with my boys this year and collected some of my favorites on my Photography for Back To School Pinterest Board. I have over 30 ideas pinned ranging from easy to seriously styled.

Here are some of my favorites starting with my shoot from last year, which includes some good tips on how to get a great shot:

  1. Grades in chalk and photography tips from The Celebration Shoppe
  2. It’s the RULE! from Best Camera For Video
  3. Peeking girl from WK Photography
  4. Apple on top from Stay This Simple
  5. All about me from The Polka Dot Cottage Photography
  6. Cheeks from Baugh Phogotraphy
  7. Shhhhh! from Ann Price Photography
  8. Stop Crying Mom! from Adventures of Bradysitting
  9. Favorites on the wall from Cherished Bliss
  10. through 30+ on my back to school photography ideas Pinterest board

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

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10 must haves for tailgating & football

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Believe it or not… it’s almost that time. Yep. Time to cart the kids to football practice and plan your first tailgate party of the year! I know because my son starts flag football practice (he wishes he could tackle… but momma needs baby steps with this sport) next week and my husband has already taken over the family schedule starting the first weekend in September. {smirk}

So as I start planning our tailgating season and dreaming of crisp fall days, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tailgate party finds, as well as some of my “must-haves” for staying organized during football and cheer season.

At the top of this list is my large utility tote from Thirty-One GiftsI use mine for taking all the snacks, extra jackets/blankets (it gets COLD here in Ohio in the fall… especially when we play a 9 a.m. game…), water bottles, equipment and my thermal even fits. It helps keep me organized and I only have to carry one bag! It’s #8 in the roundup above, but mine is (aqua blue like the bag in #10) and has our family name monogrammed in the front. I really wanted the chevron bag… but my boys thought it looked a bit too girly for the games. {grin}

So here we go. If you’re planning a tailgate party, you’ll need:

  • 1. Frozen Drink Blender – this single serve blender available at Amazon is perfect. No more wasting a batch of frozen margaritas!
  • 2. Football Party Supplies – you can download my chevron and football field sheets plus “go team” cupcake wrappers and toppers for FREE!
  • 3. Tailgate Party Games – these ring toss and lawn bowling games are from Front Porch Classics
  • 4. Bar-height Folding Round Tables - nope. I’m not suggesting you have bar stools at your tailgate, just the bar height table. A few of these around the site allows party goers a place to congregate while standing. Plus, I hate bending over to eat messy BBQ! {wink}
  • 5. Wine and dine party plate and cup and plate party plates  - no more balancing act with your plate and your cup or glass of wine. Genius invention for tailgating!
  • 6. Party wagon grill- pull it out and wheel it where ever the party is from Wholesale Patio Store!

And if you carting the kids around to their games, you’ll LOVE to be able to personalize your bag with their name, number, and even a favorite collegiate team logo! I have to admit… I do love a monogram!

  • 7. Cheer moms – the (A) large utility tote with (B) pocket utility tote insert is my fav! Plus, (C) organizing utility tote and (D) lil’ expressions tote are perfect for keeping all your gear. The lil’ expressions tote can be personalized with outfits, hair type and color for boys and girls.
  • 8. Football moms – as I mentioned above, the Large Utility Tote is my fav and as you can see from the image you can make it what you want with dividers and tops. And it all removes easily so you can change it out for other purposes like keeping your groceries from rolling around in the trunk. I so use it for that a lot!
  • 9. Cold drinks – We often spend several hours at the field so we sometimes take lunch. The (A) Thermal Tote and (C) Bring A Bottle Thermal are perfect for drinks and bringing cold snacks for the team.
  • 10. Healthy snacks – The (B) Keep It Caddy is a bit smaller and perfect for all those snacks you know you’ll be taking unless you want to spend your day at the concession stand.

You can shop all of Thirty-One Gifts goodies from their Thirty-One Gifts Catalog  (bottom of the left navigation bar). Just contact a consultant in your area to place your order. And in the month of August 2013 if you spend $35 and get any purse 50% off! You can find their latest deal (a new one every month) here!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and oh yes, celebrate this football season!

This post was sponsored by Thirty-One Gifts. However, all opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

Easy Football Party Brownies

Only planning to watch from home?! You can still kick the season off with my football brownies!

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10 chalkboard crafts for back to school

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Want to get organized for back to school? Love all the fabulous ideas you’ve seen using chalkboard paint?

Every year I promise myself that I’ll get a better system for organizing the daunting amounts of paper that comes home…yeah, right! {smirk} So, I gathered these great ideas to inspire all moms in their never-ending endeavor to get organized (and stay that way!)

  • School Notes Chalkboard via Kaboose is an adorable way to leave you and your kids notes for each day (and so much cuter than my little post-it’s everywhere!)
  • Back to School Slate via Mommy Creations is a portable way to keep little ones learning.
  • Chalkboard Table via My{not so} Glamorous Life makes great place for little ones to practice early math, reading and writing skills.
  • Chalkboard Desk via The Rustic Pig will help keep all those school supplies organized for homework time. Besides, what kiddo doesn’t want to have furniture he can write on?!
  • First Day of School Sign via Who Arted will leave no doubt what year you took that photo!
  • Chalkboard Calendar via PSA Stamp Camp lets you track your students busy lives.
  • Chalkboard Clothespins via create share inspire gives every little scrap a home (and a label).
  • Back-to-School Paper Holder via Seasons Gredings gives you a labelled place to keep all those loose papers that come home daily.
  • Back-to-School Teacher Gift via Mom Endeavors is a charming way to start the school year off right.
  • Chalkboard Lunchbox via Fancy Frugal Life let’s you leave sweet notes and reminders for your little student.

As always, we hope you are inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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dinosaur birthday party ideas

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Looking for blue and red dinosaur birthday party ideas? Have a little paleontologist with an upcoming birthday?

We’ve collected some must-haves to make your dinosaur party roar! {wink}

  1. Prehistoric Dinosaur Candy Eggs via Candy Warehouse
  2. Chevron Stripe Candy Bags via Candy Warehouse
  3. Fossil Discoveries Dino Lab via Lakeshore Learning
  4. Dinosaur Cupcake Toppers via The Celebration Shoppe
  5. Prehistoric Dinosaur Helmet via Party City
  6. Dinosaur T-Rex Super Size Balloon via Birthday Direct
  7. Dinosaur Dessert Table Mats via The Celebration Shoppe
  8. 3-D Dinosaur Erasers via Birthday Express
  9. Triceratops Metal Dinosaur Kit via Cool Stuff Express
  10. Foam Dinosaur Masks via Birthday Express

Stop by The Celebration Shoppe to see the whole Dinosaur Party Collection, matching invitations, thank you notes, beverage wrappers, favor tags, dessert tags, banners, and more!

As always, we hope you are inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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art party ideas {style board}

ART PARTY

Have a little Picasso in your house? Planning a fabulous art gallery birthday party?  Want some art birthday party ideas and resources? Here’s a quick list that will give you all those little touches!

  1. Dessert tags via The Celebration Shoppe
  2. Paper Lanterns Party Pack via Pier 1
  3. Rainbow NonPerils via Wilton
  4. Children’s Artist Aprons via Amazon
  5. Paint Can via JoAnn
  6. Crazy Straws via Dollar Tree
  7. Ceramic Cake Plate via Amazon
  8. Mini Art Easels via JoAnn
  9. Rainbow Swirl Pops via Oriental Trading
  10. Coloring Pages (part of printable ART collection) via The Celebration Shoppe

Stop by The Celebration Shoppe to see the whole Art Party Collection, matching invitations, thank you notes, beverage wrappers, favor tags, dessert tags, banners, art gallery posters, art awards and more!

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share your baking, craft and party ideas!

Link-Party

Good morning! I’ve once again teamed up with Bird’s Party and Chris of Celebrations At Home for a link party!

What does that mean? That means when you link up an idea on my blog, it shows up on theirs too! {woo hoo!}

Plus, we’re going to pin and feature some of our favorite ideas shared (last month’s favorites will be featured this Wednesday)! We’ve set up a team Pinterest board, Party Ideas & Trends, with over 33K followers too!

We’d love for you to follow the board, and follow us: Party Ideas and Trends, Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}, Bird’s Party and Chris {Celebrations At Home}.

Okay, a bit of a tech lesson on SEO. Let me tell you a secret. Link Parties are a fabulous way to improve your blog’s SEO! Yep. If you’ve been blogging for while, you’re bound to have been told or read about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how crucial it is to getting your site/blog noticed by search engines such a Google. And having quality links in other blogs or sites that are similar to your own (parties, food, crafts blogs…), is vital to improving your rank, which mean your blog has more chances of being found in a search!

Plus, link parties offer you the chance to get your blog posts noticed and shared by others! Let’s all be good to each other ladies. If you love what you see, share it. It’s a great way to build relationships and show your appreciation for other bloggers.

Okay, so let’s get linky! {grin}

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crafts for kids {10 water play ideas}

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Looking for crafts for kids this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?What better way to play and grow with water and ice!

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our fourth installment, water crafts for kids. Make sure you check out our other roundups too:

  1. 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids
  2. 12 science crafts for kids
  3. 12 math practice ideas

 Summer days are filled with sunshine and laughter. Your kids are sure to love these great ideas for fun water play.

We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

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

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farm party ideas {style board}

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Planning a farm themed birthday party or baby shower? Want some barnyard birthday party ideas and resources? Here’s a quick list that will give you all those little touches!

  1. Beverage Tub from Pier 1
  2. Old Fashioned Hard Candy from Candy Warehouse
  3. Striped Paper Straws from Fancy Flours
  4. Farm Party Invitation from The Celebration Shoppe
  5. Gingham napkins from Pier 1
  6. Wooden Forks from Hey Yo Yo
  7. Vintage Milk bottles from Fancy Flours
  8. Red Gingham Ribbon from EFavorMart
  9. Farm Party Printables (favor tag shown) from The Celebration Shoppe
  10. Gingham Favor Boxes from Birthday Express
  11. Wooden Baskets from Amazon
  12. Beverage Dispenser with Chalkboard from Target

Stop by The Celebration Shoppe to see the whole Farm Party Collection, matching invitations, thank you notes, beverage wrappers, favor tags, dessert tags, banners, lemonade mats and more!

As always, we hope ya’ll are inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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