Monday, July 30, 2012

{random olympics observations}

If you are friends with me on Facebook, you have already read my ramblings about random Olympics related things, but I thought for fun I would share them here too.


As a crafty gal who loves fun fonts, the first thing I noticed when we switched on the Olympics was this...

That font.


They might as well of used papyrus or comic sans. Both of which are used on this awesome frozen yogurt sign...

{Apparently I'm not the only one that is confused by their choice of font.}


I find it really hard to take the men's water polo players seriously when they have those cute little bows tied under their chins...

Couldn't they use snaps or velcro on those things?

And do you think they tied each other's?

{Thanks to my hubby for that funny mental picture. According to him it would be too hard to tie your own.}


I can't watch women's gymnastics without being reminded of one of my all time favorite SNL skits...


You said a little prayer?! That is SOOO sweet!

Perfect for a Monday morning laugh. :)

But seriously, it has been fun watching the games with our boys. I think their favorites so far have been the synchronized diving and gymnastics. What is your favorite sport to watch?

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Friday, July 27, 2012

{washi tape blog planner}

A few weeks ago, I discovered Beckie's free blog planner printables over at Infarrantly Creative. I did a little happy dance in my desk chair because I've been looking for a blog planner and it is so hard to find one that fits how a blogger thinks {or at least how I think...;)}

So using Beckie's printables and some fun scrapbooking supplies, here is what I came up with!

So fun, right? It makes planning my blog so much more exciting and I'm actually staying more organized because of it.

So how did I put it together?

I printed off the weekly planning pages...


...which have the perfect places to plan my posts/projects, and jot down to do lists and stats.

And the monthly calendar pages...

Then I bound them together using the handy binding machine we have at my office.

For the cover, I used a piece of woodgrain scrapbook paper, and for the back I used a simple manila file folder cut down to size. Then I gathered some supplies from my scrapbooking stash...

The hubby took the boys out for a few hours {heaven!}, so I fixed myself an iced coffee and got to decorating...

This washi tape is so cute, right?! It is from the K&Co Smash line and I found it at our local Joann store. I used it to outline the edges of the font and back covers, and to attach a cute "M" on the front.

Then on the inside, I attached a pocket {another Smash product} to hold a pen, stickers, and any other random items I might need a place for...

And then I got to work filling out my first weekly page!

Thanks so much to Beckie for offering this free is exactly what I needed to keep my blog organized and growing!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

{take me out to the ballgame}

We took the boys to their first baseball game a few nights ago and we had so much fun! We have a wood bat league here in town...mostly college guys, so it is kind of between watching high school and minor league.

My husband actually played four years of high school ball in the same stadium, and was the pitching coach for the high school team for several years, so it was rather nostalgic being back there again. 

The boys had lots of fun with their Nana...

And enjoyed blue raspberry italian ice in little plastic reds' caps...

And the sweetest thing of the older man was sitting behind us and was enjoying watching the boys. We struck up a conversation and told him it was their first game. He went off for a bit and came back with two baseballs he had bought for them...

He even signed sweet is that?! There is something to be said for living in a small town. :)

Linking up with...


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{make something bright with Astrobrights papers}

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

{playing dress up}

Happy What I Wore Wednesday!

The last Wednesday in July! How the heck did that happen?!

If you are a new visitor, welcome! I'm Mandy...and I link up every Wednesday with Lindsey over at The Pleated Poppy for WIWW and lots of wardrobe inspiration...

pleated poppy

Before I get to my outfits, did you check out the Instagram blog hop yesterday?! Go here to link up your Instagram account, and enter to win a headband of your choice from my shop!

OH! And I just passed 200 fans on my FB page, so keep your eyes open for a fun giveaway!

Here is what I've been wearing this past week...

#1... {I look really orange here because it was getting ready to storm outside...weird}
maurices sweater // JC Penney tank // Goodwill skirt // Target sandals & earrings
TJ Maxx top // Goodwill skirt // Target sandals // Dillards earrings
 Close-up of the star print on my shirt...

#3...{sorry for the full on chest shot *blush*}
Goodwill top // Kohl's capris & necklace // Target sandals // earrings

#4...another rainy day so I had to take pics inside...we needed it!
TJ Maxx top // Sears skirt // Kohl's flats // Walmart earrings // ring- gift from Grandmother

Meijer top // Kohl's capris // Target sandals & earrings
Hope you are having a great week friends!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

{instagram blog hop}

 I'm so excited to be co-hosting the Instagram Blog Hop today with Ashlyn, Emily,  Kimberly and Niki! Link up your Instagram and enter to win your choice of one of the headbands in my shop!

Welcome to week seventeen of our Instagram Blog Hop! New to the party? The Instagram Blog Hop is a place for you to link up your Instagram account and find new Instagram friends!

Here are your HOSTS:
Ashlyn @ Let It Be Beautiful 
Emily @ The Pink Elephant 
Kimberly @ A Night Owl 

And NEW! Here are your CO-HOSTS:

@mandy_ford from This Girl's Life!
You can find Mandy here:
Instagram :: Blog :: Etsy :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest

@nikicaron from Gumdrops & Gloss!
You can find Niki here:
Instagram :: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest

Here are the RULES:
1. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on Instagram:
2. Check out and follow a couple fellow IGers.
Tell folks you follow that you found them through the hop!

3. Spread the word! Grab a button!
let it be beautiful

4. Link up your profile from any Instagram web interfaces like these listed here:
Just log in with your Instagram account, grab your profile URL and enter it in the linky below.

Want to co-host an Instagram Blog Hop?
Email Kimberly and she'll get you on the calendar!


And this week we have a GIVEAWAY sponsored by one of our lovely co-hosts, Mandy!
Mandy runs an adorable Etsy shop called Love Squirrels, and she's offering one lucky winner their choice of adorable toddler headbands!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now, on to the HOP!

Remember, please link up your INSTAGRAM account, not your blog.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

{thrifting score}

The thrifting Gods were most definitely shining down on me this weekend.

That, and my awesome Mother-in-Law, who discovered this treasure for me.

Say hello to my new chair...

Isn't she adorable? Perfectly mid-century and she was $40!

I think my favorite part is the upholstery...a wonderfully nubby gray chenille that looks brand new.

She is the perfect piece to bring the blank wall in our family room together.

For now, I have her paired with pieces we already owned...our  IKEA rug, and an olive green ottoman {not sure if that will stay}...

And I'm planning a frame collage using a variety of frames and a lot of olive green spray paint...

Here is a little mock-up of what I have planned...

I have a white frame that I want to throw into the mix for a break from all the green. I will probably leave a few empty and fill a few with photos or other fun items.

I'm also looking around for fabric to make a pillow for the chair. This one is at the top of my list right now...

And to finish off this cozy corner, I have a wooden tray for the ottoman that I'm going to makeover. It will serve as a great place to sit a drink and a magazine. 

So what do you think?

Not too shabby for $40, right?

Linking up with Apron Thrift Girl 



My entry into Thursdays are YOUR Days at 52 Mantels is sponsored by Appliances Online and their Best Freezers!

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