Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blue Nile Earrings GIVEAWAY

Mother’s Day is coming up soon!  It’s a time to think about our mothers but also to celebrate being a mother.  Blue Nile wants to help celebrate us mothers.  One lucky reader is going to win a pair of earrings, to help celebrate you! 

  I was given the opportunity to try out this pair of gorgeous sterling silver earrings from there.  I love them, they are just the right size (not too big!) and very pretty and very elegant.  I usually don't wear many earrings, because the cheap stuff infects my ears.  These were great because they are made out of sterling silver.  I loved how they looked and they made me feel pretty :).
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Would you like to win this pair of earrings so you can wear them on Mother's Day and celebrate being a mom?  
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Just enter the giveaway below!

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Disclosure: I was given a pair of earrings to review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Guest Post: A Mommy's Life... with a touch of Yellow

Hey there Keeping it Simple Readers My name is Whitney and I am the momma behind the blog A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW I feel so honored and am so excited to be guest posting today I LOVE Kaysi and all her amazing projects she comes up with. I feel so honored that she asked me to fill in today while she is on maternity leave and just soaking in that new sweet baby boy of hers. I hope we can all get to know each other a little better.

I am a mommy to my crazy cute little boys, 8 months old and 3 and a wife to the love of my life.
I live in Salt Lake City, Utah, and love the beauty that surrounds me here. I change my hair probably more than anyone you know and get asked if I do hair all the time. I love funky fashion and am not scared to try new styles. I have my bachelors and a teaching license in Physical Education and Health Education and will one day be out there teaching your teenagers. I have a passion for fitness and love to share it. For now I love to keep myself busy with projects of all sorts while the hubby is finishing up school (graduates next week woot) and the babes are napping. Everything I do is on a tight budget and when it is cheap but amazing it is so rewarding and exciting. 

Enough about me.... Now lets get onto the fun mother's day gift idea and tutorial.

I don't know about you but I love mason jars. There is so much you can do with them. I have done a whole picnic using only mason jars, stored salads for the week in them, used them as cups and for decor containers for parties, utensil holders, and vases. They are so pretty and you can do so much with them just in their pure clear form, but for a mother's day gift, also perfect for spring, I wanted to spruce them up a bit. I love this look but thought of going a bit more bold and making them look shabby chic and vintage, but elegant and pretty all at the same time. I am in LOVE with how they turned out and I am excited to show you how easy they were. One with a simple flower, or a whole set would be the perfect gift for your mom especially if they already have everything. 
{Supplies Needed}

-mason jars {big, small, medium whatever your heart desires} I already had mine so that was nice. I ended up using the big ones for mine
-chalkboard paint {Michaels super cheap like $1.29 or something like that}
-Paint the color you want your vases to be {I just used paint I already had in my stash}You could use craft paint or spray paint, but since I already had the craft paint I just went with that
-Sponge brushes {if you are spray painting you wont need these}
-Clear spray paint
-Sand paper or block
-pretty lids {optional}

{How I made them}

1. The very first thing I did was paint them with chalkboard paint. I wanted the black so that when I distressed it at the end the black would show through and give it that shabby look I was going for. The reason I did the chalkboard paint instead of just black paint is because it adhered to the glass better and was a good coat to put on before the colored paint plus I loved the chalky matte look it gave to the glass once they were all painted. I did 2 coats one going horizontal and one going vertical. {If you are spray painting you probably only need one coat}.

2. Once the chalk paint was completely dry I started to paint the jars the colors I wanted with just regular old craft paint {again you could use spray paint if you would rather}. I chose the light blue, coral, mint and yellow because they reminded me of spring and summer and that is exactly what I wanted them for. The perfect pop of color. You can do these in all different colors, for whatever you want them for or where you want them to go. The picture above it one coat of paint {don't be alarmed if it looks like this at first} after a few coats it looks awesome I promise.

3. This is after 3 coats of the colored paint. It looks much better now :) told you they would look good. Even the 3 coats only used about 1/3 of the small bottle of craft paint, so it is very inexpensive especially if you already have most of the supplies like I did.

4. Now they looked pretty but they looked a little too clean for me so I got out my sanding block and started roughing them up so you could see the black showing through. Again I love how they look matte {remember use chalkboard paint underneith for this look} and not shinny anymore it just gives even more of the vintage vibe to it. 

5. The last thing I did was spray them with a clear spray paint to seal them up so the paint would not chip anymore and so they would be protected.

Fill them up with some water put pretty fresh spring flowers in them and you have the perfect mother's day gift, for your mom, mother in law, grandma, sister or any other women that you want to celebrate.

Put in your mom's favorite flower in them.

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Thank you so much Kaysi for having me today 
and thank you keeping it simple readers for reading along. 
Please come and check out my blog here at A Mommy's life with a Touch of Yellow

Over at my blog you will find DIY projects, knock offs, Holiday, redoing, crafts, a little about health and fitness, decor, fashion, recipes, a little about my family, learning new things and this is all rolled up in my mommy adventure.
You can also find me on my other social media sites

dio Place GIVEAWAY: $100 Amazon Gift Card

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of dio for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have you ever heard of dio?  If you haven't, it's pretty awesome!  It's a website that you can create a place.  It can be a location, a craft, a dream home, an event.  And within the place you create rooms that you contains photos and videos.  It's a great way to stay organized and/or to show off your projects and creations.  
You can go there and just browse all the places that are there and meet up with people and make new friends!  You can make co-creators too, so you can get some extra inspiration!
Since I have been redoing and redecorating my house lately, I decided that it would be fun to make a place of my home.  You should totally follow me, Kaysi Newton Gardner and check out my room, it's under Keeping it Simple.  
Here are a couple pictures of my place.  I separated the place into the different rooms that I have done on my blog and then added some fun pictures to go with the rooms.  

Pretty awesome, huh?  You should try it out!!  There is a little contest and the top 3 places wins a $500 Visa card, check out the Contest Rules.  And don't forget to Like dio on Facebook.  
And now for the fun part, one lucky winner is going to get a $100 Amazon gift card!  Woohoo!!
Here's how to enter:
You must go to dio.com and register and create a place.  Then leave a comment with the email address that you used to register with
Optional entry: Tweet about this giveaway, using @dioplaces @keeping_simple and hashtag #discoverdio
This giveaway will end on Monday May, 13th.  Good luck to you all!
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Monday, April 29, 2013


Today I am sooooo excited to tell you about an amazing giveaway.  One that I so wish that I could win!  Mother's Day is coming up soon and this giveaway is perfect for you AND your mother!!

How would you like to win a Cricut Expressions 2 plus a Kitchen Aid Mixer or a Cannon Rebel T2?  How would you like to win one for your mother as well??  How awesome would it be to surprise her with that?!?!

Are you as excited about this as I am??  If you would like to win this, then just enter the giveaway below.  

The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post.
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Motivate me Monday #171

Hello everyone!!!  How was your weekend?  Ours was good and crazy, it's definitely an adjustment having 5 kids.  If you didn't know already, I went into labor last Sunday and had this cute little boy at 11:48pm Sunday.  I can't believe he's already a week old!  We named him Koy and he was 5 lbs 11oz.

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week!!  I had all the intentions to go through the links while I was in the hospital but then I forgot that everything takes longer when you have a newborn and didn't get to it.  It might be awhile before I find the time to go through the links, just to let you know.

And now its time for the party!!!


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Friday, April 26, 2013

Vinyl Decal Side Table

One of my favorite features in my living room is my little green table.  I picked up this table at a garage sale 2 years ago for $5.  I was looking for something just like this all summer long and it I found it at one of the last garage sales I went to that summer.  Since I wanted more color in my living room, I decided to add some color and design to it. 
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This is how I made it:
I had this white table that I love, but the white wasn’t cutting it for me.
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I painted it a nice green. 
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And here it is all painted. 
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I cut out some big vinyl flowers for the top of it.  I went with vinyl instead of paint because it’s not permanent like paint it. 
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I added the three flowers. 
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To make sure that the vinyl wouldn’t just peel off, I sprayed the top of it with an acrylic glaze
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And now I have a fun table!
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I've had fun making some fun decorations for it too!
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It’s been great to have for the holidays.
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