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Monday, July 21, 2014

Traveling Toiletry Bag Tutorial and Paperless Coupons #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

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Lately I have been going to the gym almost every day to go work out or to go swim or to go play with my kids.  It seems like when I go in the morning, there is somewhere we have to be soon after I work out, so I shower at the gym too (even if I don't have somewhere to go, I like to shower because I can actually shower alone...).  Since I'm going all the time, I wanted to make a fun and cute bag that holds all of my toiletries. So I made one and then filled it with toiletries that I bought at Walgreens with their new paperless coupons.  
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 This is how I made the bag:
First I cut out two pieces of fabric that were 14x10 inches.  Then I cut some elastic that was 13" long.
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I sewed the edges of the elastic onto each piece.  Then I marked where I should sew down the elastic.  I actually measured a little big, so I would make them a little tighter.  I then sewed the elastic on the lines that I drew.
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For the front of the bag, I cut out a piece of fabric that was 12x22 inches.  I then sewed on a pocket onto the front of it.  I did that by folded a piece of fabric in half and then sewed it on.
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I then placed the pieces with the fabric onto the longer piece and sewed them onto it.  
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To make the edges prettier, I made some bias tape with black fabric.  I cut strips 3" inches wide, ironed the edges down and folded it in half and then sewed it around the edges of the bag.
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I also made a handle with the bias tape.  
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And that's it!  It was pretty simple to make.
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The pocket in the front is nice for miscellaneous things that don't fit in the elastic.  
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I needed some extra toiletries because I don't like to have to keep transferring my toiletries from my gym bag to my bathroom.  I tend to forget something when I do that.  So I headed to Walgreens to get some.  These makeup displays were right in front of the store, so nice and convenient. 
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This is what I picked up for my gym bag.  Several items were on sale, plus I saved money using the new #WalgreensPaperless coupons!  I love saving money!  I saved $8 with the coupons, nice huh?! 
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Did you know that you can put manufacturer coupons onto your balance rewards card?  Well you can now!  You can download the Walgreens app and then you link it to your card.  Then all you do is pick out some coupons and clip them to your card.  When you check out you can scan your card, scan your phone or just enter your phone number. 

It's so easy to use and so much better than cutting out all of those coupons.  One huge perk is once they are on your card, you don't have to remember something.  I sometimes just run to the store in a hurry and forget things, like my coupons or even my phone. With the paperless coupons being on my card I don't have to worry because I always know my phone number, so I get to save money even if I forget the coupons.  
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I put all the toiletries into my bag and then got my workout bag ready to go.  Yes that's a shower cap on my shoes.  Shoes are VERY dirty, so it's a great way to put them in my bag without them getting the rest of the stuff dirty.
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And here is my workout bag.  I'm excited to use my new toiletry bag.  It's going to be perfect to hang up on the hook so I can be all organized when I shower and get ready.  
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If you like to use coupons and save money, make sure you down load the Walgreens app and clip some paperless coupons for your next shopping trip!

HUGE Favorite Craft Supplies GIVEAWAY

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38 AWESOME bloggers have all joined forces to give you the GREAT craft Stash GIVEAWAY! Each blogger has picked one of their favorite crafting tools to give to ONE lucky winner (AND IT COULD BE YOU!!!!) WE have everything from washi tape, to chalk paint, to baker's twine, to sharpies! Everything a crafter's heart could desire!!!!
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Here's what you will get (your mailman is going to hate you!!!) Click on the links to see up close and personal what their favorite craft item is (if you get an error just click the home button!!!) 1st Column: a glue gun and glue sticks from a girl and a glue gun--crayons from Thirty handmade days --fun markers and pens from delia creates--glitter glue from eighteen 25-- fabric paint from One Krieger Chick--Pick three colors of paper straws from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke--Fun ribbons and trims from Sweet Charli--mystery bundle of fabric from sugar bee crafts--embroidery set from Flamingo Toes-- 2nd column: bakers twine from Over the big moon--sheets of vinyl from A glimpse inside--mini instagram album from Making the world cuter--Martha Stewart fringe scissors from Dolen Diaries--decorative scotch tape from Bombshell Bling--bias tape from Melly Sews----circle punch from My Sister's suitcase--glitter pack from R &R workshop--iron on heat transfer from design, dining and diapers--glitter tape from SNAP-- 3rd column: acrylic paint, wood tags, jumbo pins from Lolly Jane--metallic painter markers from A little tipsy--random fun craft supplies from Craft-o-Maniac--rainbow washi from pretty providence--Paper to Petal handmade flower book from kiki & company--manila tags and doiles from Smashed peas and carrots--Craft Paint and foam bushes from Simply Designing-- superhero beads from twin dragonfly designs--Rit Dye from The Creative mom-- 4th column: Americana chalk paint and varnish from the Crafting Sparrow--styrofoam from Mad in Crafts--Duck brand prize pack from The Country chic cottage--scrapbook paper and sharpie from Simple Simon and Co-- patterned treat bags from Girl Loves Glam--Paper trimmer from Ucreate--Washi Tape from Keeping it Simple--Craft odds and ends from Made to be Momma--Americana Chalk paint and varnish from I should be mopping the floor -- cute embroidery scissors from Rae Gun ramblings-- You can enter to win here. There is just a basic entry (Just click enter!) Then loads of other ways to up your odds!!!
Rafflecopter giveaway good luck and happy crafting!!!

This is what I'm giving away, 7 rolls of awesome washi tape!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

16 DIY Jewelry Tutorials {MMM #234 Block Party}

16 Fabulous DIY Jewelry tutorials - Rae Gun Ramblings

 It's me Marissa and I'm your host this week. I hope you like all the DIY Jewelry Tutorials that I rounded up from the last few months of Block Parties. Seriously I want to make them all! SO much cuteness.

Two weeks of awesome Harry Potter DIYs, recipes, book reviews and giveaways - Rae Gun Ramblings

I've been busy planning a HUGE Harry Potter blog series that starts tomorrow. I hope you'll stop by and send your favorite Harry Potter loving friend to my blog for great tutorials, recipes, book reviews, and giveaways. Tomorrow I'll kick it off with a giant giveaway including all kinds of Potter awesomeness and a 50$ AMAZON gift card. Hope to see you there! Now let's see what you've been up to! Be sure to read over the guidelines…
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sweet and Salty White Chocolate Popcorn

I was chosen and compensated for this campaign through Linqia. All opinions are my own.

We love watching movies together.  The majority of my kids are finally at the age that we can all sit down an watch a movie and them be entertained.  Right now the weather is super hot (it was 108 yesterday), too hot to go outside, so I thought that having  a movie and popcorn would be fun for the kids.  We love all kinds of popcorn, so I thought that my kids would enjoy a sweet and salty one.  I was right, they loved it!
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This is what you need:
Pop Secret Microwavable Butter Popcorn 
Mini M&M's
White Chocolate melts
Salted Pretzels
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Pop Secret has this really cool app to help make the popcorn.  You just hold it close to the microwave and it tells you when the popcorn is done.  It's awesome!  I always stop too soon and there are a ton of kernels left.  I made 4 bags this way and each bag only had 3-4 kernels in it.  Or I push the popcorn button and leave and when it's done it all burned and smells awful.

 They kids had fun doing it too :).  You can go and download the app here.  
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I popped two bags and then put it onto a cookie sheet along with the M&M's and pretzel.
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Then I melted the chocolate in the microwave, stirring it every 20 second or so until it was completely melted.  Then I drizzled it onto the popcorn and stirred it.  It's amazing!!!
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I put on a fun movie and the kids had a yummy afternoon snack.  It was great.  sweet and salty white chocolate popcorn (18)

How do you enjoy popcorn?  Do you love it when you watch a movie?  What's your favorite kind?  I'm a regular butter kind of girl :) What brand do you love?
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