Friday, April 18, 2014

Paisley's Easter Session

I am so excited to share Paisley's Easter Mini Session. It was pretty windy that day and my little two year old isn't camera friendly anymore. However, I LOVE the way they turned out and I am so glad we were able to get a few sweet ones. I am thankful that Charissa from Rockin' R Photography could capture these sweet memories for us. :)
I can't wait for Sunday! We have a full weekend planned; from visiting our old home church in Prague, to Easter lunch with my in-laws, and an egg hunt for the kids. I still have couple of things to get for Paisley's Easter basket tomorrow and eggs, but other than that, we are Easter ready! :)

Tomorrow we are going to have a girls day and then will be helping my cousin get ready for her junior prom. :) I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Etsy Shop Series: Burlap N Blossoms {Review + Giveaway}

I am so excited to introduce you all to one of my absolute favorite Etsy shops, Burlap N Blossoms. I contacted Jennie last month and asked if she would like to be featured and she graciously accepted. Burlap N Blossoms is a handmade shop featuring in burlap goods such as pillows, bulletin boards, wreaths, and other home goods. Since a lot of my home is decorated in this shabby chic fashion of linen and burlap, I couldn't resist in featuring this gorgeous handmade business.

A little about Jennie:
I am a stay at home mom of 2 amazing kids and wife to a hard working, hands-on husband and father. We live in the country on five acres in a small farming community. I love the country lifestyle and that is what inspires my work. I strive to create things that are warm, charming and remind people of a different time and place. I started my shop as a hobby and it has turned into a passion. Everything in my shop is made with my 2 hands, my sewing machine and my trusty glue gun. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than taking simple things and turning them into something useful and beautiful. 
Jennie provided me with this gorgeous burlap bow pillow. I can't wait to display it on my couch in my soon-to-be office. Her work is absolutely amazing and beautify done.
 Below are some of my favorite items that are currently in her shop. :) Aren't they adorable?
 I can't wait to purchase some more items from her shop to display around my home. 

I encourage you to visit her shop and get to know Jennie. She is sweet as can be and produces amazing and great quality work. 

Jennie is providing one lucky reader with the burlap heart pillow below:
Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!
A big thank you to Jennie for providing the pillows and letting me review her sweet shop! It was a pleasure. Be sure to show her some love and good luck to all entrants!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's the Little Things {Link-Up}: A Girl + Her Babies

I am finally able to participate in this sweet little link-up with my dear friends Jess + Ashley. Each Wednesday, you can link-up a post with these ladies, talking about something small that touches your heart. It's the little things that matters most.
 Paisley is absolutely in love with playing with her baby dolls now. We bought her a new Cabbage Patch kid for Christmas to add to her collection and she has to take "Paige" everywhere we go. For her birthday, my aunt had bought her another baby that came with a passie and its like Paisley has her own child.
I love watching and listening to her care for them as if they were real. She is so gentle and loving, always rocking, feeding, or changing them. She loves to give them hugs and kisses while she tucks them in for "bed" too. The other day she was rocking one of her dolls saying "don't cry baby I got you." Heart melted. 

When we jump in the car, you better believe that a baby along with a bottle and car seat is coming as well. I am so thankful for little moments like these. I always dreamed that when I had a little girl, I would watch her play like this and the time is now here. I never want to forget these sweet memories of Paisley growing into a loving, caring, sweet, and tender hearted little girl. 

What are your little moments for this week? Be sure to link them up with Jess or Ashley! :)

Have a great day!

Cardstore: {Review}

This is a product review for Cardstore. I chose an Easter Card in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.
I was recently contacted by a representative from Cardstore about presenting a review of their company and cards. I was so excited to do so. 
 I chose an Easter card to send to my Grand. We won't be able to see her over Easter and I wanted to send her a little reminder that we were thinking about her.
 I love that this website has so many options and fun designs for cards. It was a simple and easy process to make and Cardstore will even mail the card for you.

I highly recommend this company to anyone who is looking for a card for any occasion at a reasonable price. They are awesome to work with and I received my card within one week.

Thank you to Cardstore for letting me review their company. It was a pleasure to work with you!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Painted + Distressed Mason Jars

Good morning! I am so excited to share this fun little DIY project that is easy and cost efficient-painted and distressed mason jars. You can also catch me at Blissfully Ever After today with this post as well. :) I am the new craft contributor on Jennifer's blog and it is so refreshing to be able to create fun little things and share them with others.

I have always been in love with mason jars. They have such a rich history for me. Memories of hot Oklahoma summers fill my mind-from being in the kitchen, canning with my Great Grandma, to collecting various brands and sizes of jars that she had. Masons will always have a special meaning and place in my heart. I can never look at one and not think of her.

I am in the process of making our spare room into an office and I thought it would be cute to paint some jars and use them as pen holders and flower vases. This is an easy project that costs little out of pocket.

What you will need:
Jars
Acrylic Paint
Foam Brush
Sandpaper
Sealer

I have a lot of jars around my home because of canning and from my great grandma. You can buy them in bulk at your local SAMS, Costco, or in the canning section at your grocery store. I bought the supplies and paint at Walmart and it all cost me around ten dollars.

Directions
1. When you choose a paint color, be sure you check out the finish that is listed on the bottle. I wanted a more chalky/matte look to my jars instead of shiny but it is all in your preference. Both will work just fine.

2. Paint the jar up and down until it is covered evenly and paint the rim in the direction that you would screw the lid on. I painted one coat and let dry for 20 minutes then applied a second coat.Next, use sandpaper {150 grit} to sand the wording and edges. Depending on how distress you want them to look will depend on how much you need to sand.
Next, sand edges and wording with sand paper {150 grit} to give jars the distressed look.
Lastly, use poly to seal the jar.
That's all there is to it friends! 
 I hope you enjoyed this easy and cost efficient project! Feel free to pin away, just please have it linked back to my blog. 

Happy Tuesday!