Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Easy Wedding Gift Idea- Personalize Casserole Dish {Glass Etching Tutorial}

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With Christmas coming up, I thought that this would be a perfect gift, a personalized casserole dish. Everyone goes to some kind of potluck dinner and we all have had problems of getting our dishes back. So here is a way to personalize it so you don't have that problem anymore!

I actually made this for my mom. She already has everything that she wants and has no more room for pictures or decorations in her house, so I thought that this would be a very practical gift for her!

This is what you'll need
- glass casserole dish (any size)
-contact paper (or vinyl)
-sponge brush

This is how I made it
1) I used my Cricut to cut out the letters on a 6x12 inch piece of contact paper. You can also use a craft knife to cut out your letters. Make sure that you cut your letter in the side that says contact paper.  

This is what it looks like once the letters are cut out.

I made it so you can read the name with the casserole is facing up, but if you want to do it so you can read the name from the bottom, then cut on the other side of the contact paper. You can make these with vinyl also, just mirror the image before cutting out the vinyl and then use transfer paper to put the vinyl onto the casserole dish.

2) Place your contact paper on the casserole dish, without taking off the backing.

This is for you to kinda see where you want to place the paper. I would even maybe tape a piece of tape to make where you want the paper to begin. I didn't do that and mine it is a little off center

3) Now start to take off the back of the contact paper.

I took off a little bit and then pressed it onto the casserole dish. I slowly continued to take it off while pushing the paper down.

4) Make sure to get all of the air bubbles out, especially around the edges of the letters. If you have letters that have holes, make sure to add those also.

5) Using your glass etching cream and sponge brush, apply it onto the contact paper. Make sure to wear gloves. 

You will want to put a generous amount on there. Start by going up and down and then from side to side.

6) Allow to sit on there for 5 minutes.
-Here's a tip, when it's done sitting you can put the excess cream back into the bottle and use it again

7) Rinse the cream off with tap water and peel off contact paper

8) Wash with window cleaner and dry

And just like that, you have your own personalize dish!

Like what you see? Then follow along!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Eco Natural Soap Review and GIVEAWAY!! (closed)

Today I am so excited to be doing a review and giveaway for a company called

Eco Natural Soap is company that sells all natural and organic soaps and balms. They have soaps and balms that you won't find at the store.

Here are a few samples of what they have to offer:

Luscious Lips/Lip Relief All Natural Lip Balm

Luscious Lips/Lip Relief All Natural Lip Balm
This product is great for those chapped lips!

Scalp & Hair Health Shampoo Bar

Scalp & Hair Health Shampoo Bar
This bar is for nourishing your hair and scalp.

Seaweed & Cucumber Exotic Butters Complexion Bar

Seaweed & Cucumber Exotic Butters Complexion Bar
This bar is for blemishes like age spots, stretch marks and much more.

Seaweed and Cucumber Complexion Balm

Seaweed and Cucumber Complexion Balm 2oz Jar

This balm is for blemishes like age spots, stretch marks and works with the soap.

I had a chance to use some of these products.

I got to try the lip balm. I just fell in love with it! It just glides on and stays on. Now that winter is coming, so are those chapped and dry lips and this is a great product to keep them moist!

I have been using the hair and scalp shampoo bar in addition to my normal shampoo and conditioner for 3 weeks now and absolutely love it!! I have very fine hair and tried many different products to make my hair look and feel fuller. I have never used a product that gave me results like this soap. I actually feel like my hair is fuller and thicker. I feel like I have more hair!!

Here are a few before and after pictures. Even though it is hard to tell from the pictures there is a difference. I did my hair the same way in each pictures.

One day before using the shampoo bar

After two weeks of using the bar
I still don't have super thick hair, but it really has helped, especially on the sides and the back of my head. I just love the results and plan on using this soap for a long time!

Now onto the giveaway!! One lucky winner will get to pick any 1 body balm/butter, 2 soaps and 1 lip balm! How awesome is that?!?!

Here's how to enter!
1) Go to Eco Natural Soap, look around and then come back to tell me which ones you would get

Want one more entry?
2) Be or become a follower of Keeping It Simple

Please leave a separate comment for each entry

I am leaving this giveaway open until Monday, December 6 at 12:00pm.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Motivate Me Monday #46

Party time!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Whatever Wednesday: Snowman Paver

First off, I want to wish you all a
tomorrow!! I'm taking the rest of the week off to spend some time with my family! I'm so grateful for all of my readers, without you I wouldn't be doing this blog, so thank you!!!

Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving we whip out the Christmas decorations. I love Christmas and I'm so excited to decorate for it this year. Here is one decoration that I made this past week that I made out of a paver, a little snowman!! I have had so much fun with these pavers, they are just so easy and simple!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turkey Paver

I am now off of maternity leave. First off, I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone that helped me out and did a tutorial for me. There were a ton of great ideas, you all are so talented.

November has just flown by. The past couple weeks, my focus has been on this cute little girl!
Because of my new little girl and the craziness of having four kids, I wasn't able to do as many Thanksgiving crafts that I wanted to. I was able to do one real quick last week, so I thought that I would share it with you all. I just took a paver and made it into a turkey! I have it outside with my pumpkin one!
I used foam for the beak and the feathers and some buttons for the eyes.

The Cute Kid Baby Contest

Do you think that you have a cute kid??? Well I sure do!!

I just heard about an awesome baby contest where you can submit your photos and enter a chance to win monthly prizes and a grand prize of $25,000 College Fund. The Cute Kid offers to their contest entrants $70 worth of free products (to first time entrants)!! For registering, you will get a free 11x14 photo canvas of the picture you enter and a free year subscription to Parenting magazine!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

CSN Stores Review

CSN Stores

I'm so excited to be doing another review for CSN Stores!!! I seriously love looking through all of their stores! It is one of my favorite sites to go and just browse! I am always so amazed by what they have to offer. There is just so much!! CSN stores have pretty much everything, leather messenger bags, furniture, toys and much more!!

Here are a few things that I have found in my latest searchings:
Clark and Mayfield Kearney 14" - 15.4" Laptop Messenger Bag in Passion Pink - KRN31
I love the design of this bag!!

Bissell ProHeat 2X Select Upright Deep Carpet Cleaner - 9400M
Winter's coming, that means dirty carpets!!

LEGO Toy Story The Great Train Chase - 5659
Toy Story has been really popular in my house lately!!

I guarantee that when you go check out CSN Stores that you will find something that you will fall in love with, I know that I have!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Motivate Me Monday #45

Sponsor of the week: A Splash Of Elegance
A Splash of Elegance

You can find some beautiful jewelry there!!

Today is the last day to enter my current giveaway, so go check it out!

Show me some cuteness!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lacey Bugg Designs Giveaway! (closed)

Christmas is just around the corner and it's time to start creating and sending out Christmas cards. Today you're in luck because one of my sponsors is going to be giving away 25 4x6 Christmas cards!!

Lacey Bugg Designs

Here are a few samples of the adorable cards that you can get there!

Photo Christmas Card 247

Photo Christmas Card 216

Photo Christmas Card 205

Lacey Bugg Designs doesn't just have Christmas cards, they are some super cute baby announcements too!

Like this adorable one that Lacey designed for me and my little baby!
I love it and she is so very talented!!!

So this giveaway is for 25 4x6 Christmas cards, here's how to enter!


1) Head over to Lacey Bugg Designs , look around and then tell me what your favorite card was

extra entries:
2) Like Lacey Bugg Designs on facebook
3) Follow Keeping It Simple

This giveaway will end on November 22 at 12:00pm (cst)

Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

Good luck!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Motivate Me Monday #44

Sponsor of the week: Laceybugg Designs

Lacey Bugg Designs
You can make your Christmas photo cards there!!

Let's see those links!!

FREE 8x10 Canvas

Have you gotten your FREE 8x10 photo canvas yet??

Here is one that my sister in law made of her beautiful wedding picture. I LOVE it!!
Photo canvas is offering a FREE 8x10 photo canvas, just pay shipping! If you want bigger, then upgrade to a larger size, and you will get $55 off you canvas.

The holidays are just around the corner and this would make the perfect gift!!

This amazing deal will not last forever, so head over there now!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Latest Creation...

Tasyn Brooke
Born Nov 11 at 2:52pm
7 pounds 8 ounces
20 inches

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

And the winner is..............

#73 Jen who said
I follow! Love the t shirt design!

Congrats Jen!!! Thanks to all that entered my Silhouette giveaway! Remember, until November 13th, you can get 25% off accessories, just use the word "SIMPLE"

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Motivate Me Monday #43

Sponsor of the week: Photo Jewelry Making

Turn those pictures into jewelry!!!

I'm ready for some awesomeness!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

More heat transfer shirts

Here are a couple more shirts that I made for my older boys.

To make them, I used Silhouette heat transfer paper, that I'm giving away here.
To make the soccer balls, I printed out some clip art off the computer and then cut it out of the heat transfer paper with scissors.
The back was done with my Cricut
**Both of these shirts have gone through both the washer and dryer, on normal setting and still look great**

Remember to enter my Silhouette giveaway, ends 11/10!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Heat Transfer Tutorial and GIVEAWAY!! (closed)

I was recently contacted to do a review of some products that Silhouette has to offer.

I'm always up for trying out new products and seeing what is out there!! So I thought that I would give a little tutorial of a shirt that I was able to make with their heat transfer paper.

Don't be fooled by the cuteness of my boy, there's a reason for saying on his shirt! :D

This is how I made it:
1) Using sure cuts a lot and my Cricut, I set up the words for the shirt. Make sure that you mirror the words horizontally. I then cut out the letters on the heat transfer paper, making sure that the shiny side was facing down

2) I then took a blank shirt
3) I started placing the letters and arranging them the way that I wanted.
4) Here they are all placed, but not ironed on yet
5) I then placed a piece of fabric over the letters and ironed it for about 60 seconds. If the clear plastic doesn't come off of it, you can iron it a little bit longer
6) Peel off the clear plastic
and just like that you have an awesome shirt!

**This shirt has gone through both the washer and dryer, on normal setting and still look great**

I was very impressed with how easy this paper was to use. It was very easy to cut and use. It was very simple and quick. It ironed on very well and seems to be doing just fine. I liked it so much that I have plans to make many more things!

Like what you see and are thinking to yourself, "I want some of that!"? Well today is your lucky day because one lucky reader will get a $50 package from Silhoutte!!

The package includes:
1) One roll of white heat transfer paper
2) One roll of yellow heat transfer paper
3) One package of printable magnetic paper
4) One package of printable temporary tattoos paper

All of these can be used with scissors or a Silhouette SD.

Only for US residents and you may only win this once

Here's how to enter

1) Be or become a follower of Keeping It Simple

extra entries
2) Head over to Silhouette, take a look around and tell me what else you love from their shop
3) Blog about this and leave a link!
4) Grab my Keeping It Simple button and put it on your sidebar

I am going to leave this giveaway open until November 10th, 12:00pm (cst).

Please leave a separate comment for each entry!!

Good luck!

***Silhouette is offering a discount to my readers, 25% off of accesories, just use the code "SIMPLE" at checkout! Offer ends November 13th at midnight!!***