Thursday, April 28, 2011

Diaper Cake Gift

Diaper cakes make such wonderful baby shower gifts. It is so easy to make a diaper cake and is especially useful for most new parents. My sister's co-worker is going to have a baby so she asked me to make a diaper cake for her. I made this simple springtime themed diaper cake since she didn't know whether or not the baby is a boy or a girl. Of course it is also springtime now and the colorsI used work well, because they are neutral colors.

I happened to have yellow ribbon with lime green butterflies on it which match the diaper cake perfectly! I used some tulle to wrap up the diaper cake and completed it by tying the butterfly ribbon to close it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Comparison Shopping with Become to Save Time and Money

With the high price of gas these days, shopping online has become even more appealing. You can shop within the comfort of your own home and at any hour you please.  It won't cost you a dime in gas money and you can't beat the convenience of avoiding the traffic and parking.

I love shopping online for the reasons mentioned above, but sometimes find it tedious to hop from website to website just figure out whether or not I am getting the best deal. Also, sometimes I like to see the item in person, but don't like to drive from store to store for the purpose of comparison shopping so comparing everything online first is always useful. A website called Become is a great way to compare many different products and prices offered at various stores both online and off.

For instance, I am in need of a few new vinyl tablecloths for my kitchen table and with summer coming up, I will also need a couple for the patio table outside. There aren't many for me to choose from at the local store I usually shop at for my kitchen items so I'm glad I can look at and figure out where to order what I need.

As for the kitchen pantry cabinet, I will likely go and pick this up in person since it is a larger item. However, I checked them out on to compare styles and prices so I will only have to go to one or two stores before making the purchase rather than having to visit several stores in person to see all of my options. The children have made a mess of my kitchen chair cushions so I can compare those online as well and order them or drop into a store to pick them up, depending on which stores they are offered at.

If you are looking to save both time and money, check out Become and feel free to leave a comment below to let me know how it worked for you.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Cute Bunny Hat and Shoes

I wanted to share these cute Easter finds since Easter is coming up this weekend. My friend bought the hat for my little girl quite a while ago and I happened to spot the adorable bunny shoes at Gymboree. They are going to look great with a cute pink shirt and a simple white tutu.

Have a Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mother's Day Discount Code for WallCandy Arts

I thought I would share this Mother's Day Deal with everyone. The discount code is "mom10" and is good for 10% off of a Rococo chalkboard wall sticker and would make a great Mother's Day gift or a gift for yourself! It is my favorite wall art sticker and is great for helping to keep track of things. The coupon code ends April 28th if you would like to take advantage of the discount.
Happy Decorating!

wall decals, nursery decor, wall stickers

Friday, April 8, 2011

Fabulous Party Planning Made Simple!

Planning a fun birthday party can sometimes be overwhelming so I try to keep it simple and get as many party items as I can from as few places as possible.

When planning a party, I usually follow these basic steps:

1. Come up with a theme
2. Order invitations
3. Find decorations
4. Plan out the food

An amazing website called Big Dot of Happiness is great for one stop party planning. They have so many themes to choose from and you can get customized invitations and decorations all in one place. It saves me a lot of time, because I can finish steps 1 to 3 of my party planning in one place. The last step, (which is the food) is usually quite easy if I go to my local grocery store.

The themes are all so adorable that it is hard to decide, but I usually like to go with a theme that all the children, including my own will love. Above is the Funfari Squiggle invitation, and I love the theme because it includes many different popular baby animals that most kids like and can identify. It is customizable and with the fill in prompts, you won't miss a single detail about the party!

Another fun theme is the Under the Sea Critters theme. It's great for both boys and girls and has adorable little sea creatures that kids will love. The squiggle invitation is of course, customizable and all you have to do is fill in all the details of the party from your child's name to the date, time and place to be.

If you want every detail of steps 1 to 3 of your party planning stages practically done for you, check out their Birthday Party Packs. The invitations, party decorations, tableware and thank you notes are all included!!

Shop Party Packs at

See how easy it is to be a hostess extraordinaire in just a few easy steps?

Happy party planning!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Get Ready For Mother's Day With FREE Cards From Tiny Prints

Tiny Prints is one one of my favorite online go to shops, because I don't always have time to make my cards by hand as I used to.  For Mother's Day, their Tiny Prints Greeting Card Collection, will let you create individual personalized cards with photos starting at only $1.99. They have cards for everyone and every occasion. In a matter of seconds, you can create personalized Mother’s Day Cards and have them mailed directly to you or the recipient. It's so simple and convenient especially for me, who sometimes wants to avoid the hassle of searching through the racks at my local card store.

As an extra bonus, from April 6th to April 12th, all Mother’s Day Greeting Cards will be only $.99 cents and you can also sign up for a Free Greeting Card Membership, giving you three FREE cards to use right away, as well as discounts on future cards.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lilac Diaper Cake with Flowers

I made this lilac themed diaper cake for a friend of mine. Her baby shower was simple with just a lilac floral theme. I kept the design simple by just rolling up plain white size one Pampers Swaddlers and then wrapped thick lilac colored ribbon around each tier. I stuck co-ordinating orchids onto the ribbon using glue dots, making sure not to put any glue dots on the diapers! :)

I attached a matching mini note card to top it off.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Week Long Blog Hop

I am really excited to be co-hosting  Danielle's Blog Hop! Danielle of The Mommy Chronicles was trying to search out a blog hop each and everyday and began to get so frustrated because she seemed to always be a day late. She then created a blog hop that lasts all week long. Now no one has to miss out on the hop because they were a day late. You have an entire week to hop around and check out all of the other blogs on the hop.
All Week Blog Hop
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The Guidelines for participating in the Weekly blog hop are as follows:
1. Please grab the blog hop button to spread the word.
2. Please follow the host and co-host: The Mommy Chronicles and The Adventures of My Family of 8 and I Heart Maternity via Google Friend Connect and/or Networked Blogs
3. Please do not link up your giveaways, blog hops, etc. (Feel free to list your giveaway HERE)
4. Please link up you Blog, Twitter, Facebook Fan Page
Link up your blog, visit and follow the blogs that interest you and have fun! If you follow our blogs and leave a comment on this post, we will always follow you back!
We hope to see you hoppin'!
You only need to add your link to one linky for it to show up on all participating blogs. The linkys will open every Sunday at 8:00pm PST and closes on Saturday at 11:59pm PST

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Children's Playroom Furniture Favorites

Children's playroom furniture can be so cute and versatile these days.  Land of Nod is having a FREE SHIPPING promotion on playroom orders of $175 or more so I thought I would take a look and get ideas on what to add to the playroom. They have tables, chairs, toy boxes, storage and so much more. It's hard to decide what to get.

 I love to let the kids draw so this chalkboard table from Land of Nod is ideal to keep them busy for a while. They can erase it and start all over again with minimal mess. Now I just have to find some Dustless Chalk
 These adorable chairs are amazing because they have a little storage area right beneath them which helps to keep things tidy.
This classic table is nice, because it also has storage directly underneath it. :)
How cute are these storage bins? They even stack on top of each other to save space.

To receive FREE SHIPPING on playroom orders of $175 or more, just enter the promo code PLAY.

Happy shopping!
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