Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top 5 Reasons You Should Visit Puerto Rico

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I was growing up, my parents' motto was to spend money on playing and making memories rather than material things like cars and clothes. We took some incredible family vacations, and I think that the memories made on those vacations are one of the reasons my family is so close. That love of vacations has stayed with me as I've moved out of the house and started a family of my own. In the seven years I've been married, I've been on more big vacations than most people take in a lifetime. I made it for about nine months after K was was born before the vacation bug hit me again and I decided we needed to go on our first big family vacation. Although we eventually decided to go to Florida, our first choice was actually Puerto Rico.

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I've been to Puerto Rico twice, once for spring break with my best friend while I was in high school and once as a family vacation right after my brother got home from serving an LDS mission in 2004. And both times I remember thinking I have to come back here. You probably knew that Puerto Rico has gorgeous beaches but there are gorgeous beaches all over the country. Outside of the gorgeous beaches, here are five other reasons that you should Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico..

#1 - You can canoe into the bioluminescent bay where everything is lit up and just beautiful.

#2 - It's the only place in the US National park service with a rainforest, El Yunque.

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#3 - There is a ton of old world charm including historical landmarks like the fort where my brother proposed to my sister-in-law as well as fun shopping in San Juan.

#4 - There is every high adventure activity imaginable from great scuba diving to horse back riding to exploring caverns.

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#5 - The bread. My parents went to Puerto Rico in December and the one thing we asked them to bring back for us was the bread. They came home from their trip with four loaves of bread that were gone by the end of the night. The rest of the food is incredible as well but the bread is worth bringing back across the ocean.

And best of all, it's quicker to get to than most Caribbean islands and you don't need a passport if you're coming from the United States. It really is one of those destinations that if you've been to once, you'll visit again. And if you've never been to, you really should add it to the top of your destination list. It's still at the top of mine and once I'm comfortable crossing an ocean with K, we will be there.

You can learn more about all of the amazing things to do in Puerto Rico and begin planning your trip on www.seepuertorico.com. And if you don't believe me, watch the video below to see how beautiful it really is.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

DIY Decorated Party Eggs

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and All You Magazine, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #lifeforless http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV.

For the past week I've been sharing fun ideas from K's Pajama Time party and today I'm sharing one of my absolute favorite ideas. One of the things I love most about the book is that it has all of these parts that say things like, "some are fuzzy, some are not," and "some are stripey and polka dot." As soon as I'd picked the theme for K's party, I started trying to come up with a way to incorporate all of those "some are" phrases into one of the parts of the party. While I was at Safeway picking up some other supplies for the party, I decided to pick up a copy of the April issue of All You Magazine as well. Inside was the perfect idea for me to incorporate all of those different types of pajamas -  these simple DIY party eggs.

These decorated party eggs would be perfect for a brunch, breakfast, or pajama party #partyideas #eggs #decorations

Not only was it a cute way to incorporate the different pajamas, but it used eggs! What pajama party is complete without eggs? Definitely not K's. The best part of all is that these are so easy to make and if you have kids that are older than my one-year-old, this would be really fun to do together. Here's how you make them.

Make Your Own Decorated Party Eggs

Supplies:

  • Cardboard roll (toilet paper, wrapping paper, paper towel) cut into one inch pieces; you'll need 1 one-inch piece for each of your eggs.
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Small pom poms
  • Scissors
  • glue or a glue gun
  • Tape
  • April All You Magazine (for additional decorating ideas) 
  • Additional embellishments you may want to use such as Duct Tape, buttons, ribbon, etc. 

Instructions: 

Step 1 - Gather your supplies. I've included the supplies for just doing basic "outfits" but you can get as fancy as you want with ribbon, buttons, etc. I also used glittery Duct Tape for the pink fuzzy pajamas and that worked great.

These decorated party eggs would be perfect for a brunch, breakfast, or pajama party #partyideas #eggs #decorations

Step 2 - Cut your paper into 1 inch strips, enough so that you have one strip to cover each 1 inch cardboard roll. If you are going to do decorative "outfits" like I did for the ugliest pajamas, cut out all of the decorative pieces now as well.

DIY Party Eggs

Step 3 - Wrap a strip of paper around one of your cardboard rolls and either glue or tape down to the roll. Repeat with all of your rolls.

DIY Party Eggs

DIY Party Eggs

Step 4 - Cut out three inch circles from your remaining scrapbook paper. Fold each circle in half and cut along the dotted line so you have two half circles. Take one half circle and wrap it into a cone shape then tape together to create a cone shaped party hat. Since I was making these for a birthday party, I just did party hats, but the April All You Magazine has all sorts of cute ideas and step by step instructions for creating other "hats" such as bunny ears and crowns. You can pick up All You Magazine at Safeways nationwide and right now you can use this coupon to get $1.00 off a copy of All You Magazine while supplies last.

DIY Party Eggs

Step 5 - Hot glue little pom poms to the top of each of your cones to finish your party hats. I love how cute and festive these turned out.

DIY Party Eggs

DIY Party Eggs

Step 6 - Draw faces on your eggs. Since I was doing this for a Pajama Time party, I had my husband draw animal faces to match the animals in the book. You can get as creative and artistic as you want or just stick with just adding a simple face. They'll be cute no matter what you do.

DIY Party Eggs

DIY Party Eggs

Step 7 - Once all of your eggs have faces, put your party eggs together by placing one egg into a cardboard roll and taping (or gluing) a party hat on top of the egg.

These decorated party eggs would be perfect for a brunch, breakfast, or pajama party #partyideas #eggs #decorations

These decorated party eggs would be perfect for a brunch, breakfast, or pajama party #partyideas #eggs #decorations

And that's it! Aren't these such a cute addition to K's pajama party? My favorites are the ones with stripey, pink fuzzy, and polka dot pajamas, but really I love them all. This is such an easy way to add a little bit of fun and color to any brunch, breakfast party, or even a nighttime pajama party like mine. They fit right in with the pancakes, breakfast burritos, and fruit.

all sorts of breakfast party ideas including mini breakfast burritos and pancake stacks

These decorated party eggs would be perfect for a brunch, breakfast, or pajama party #partyideas #eggs #decorations

Do you love All You Magazine as much as I do? Make sure to pick up April's issue at Safeway using this coupon while supplies last for a full tutorial for these eggs as well as all sorts of other spring recipes and craft ideas. And lucky for you, I am giving one lucky reader the chance to win a $50 gift card to Safeway. That would pay for this month's issue as well as supplies to make these eggs and other crafts that I'm sure you'll want to make as soon as you've looked through the magazine!

To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends on Monday, April 28th at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen. Good luck!


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mother's Day KitchenAid Giveaway

Happy Easter everyone! I hope that your day is full of Starburst jelly beans, spending time with your family, and remembering the Savior.

Now that Easter is just about over, it's time to start looking forward the next big holiday - Mother's Day! And today I'm so excited to be joining with a bunch of my favorite bloggers to give away the perfect Mother's Day present - a bright and shiny new KitchenAid mixer. I mean really, what mom doesn't want a KitchenAid?
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One lucky winner will receive a 5-quart KitchenAid stand mixer in the color "Ice" (shown above). Enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. Giveaway ends on May 4th. 

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

$165 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

I can't believe it's already Easter and SNAP is less than a week away. I'm in full prep mode over here and going a little crazy trying to get everything put together before I leave on Monday. In the meantime, I'm joining a group of other bloggers to give one lucky reader a $165 Amazon gift card. I love Amazon and hope that one of you win. All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Foam Cone Vases

It's me again....Denise from Denise Designed visiting here at Play. Party. Pin. Today I am sharing my DIY Cone Vases.
  
Simple DIY Cone Vases

If you recall, my first visit was my DIY Love Wall Art post.

love wall art final 

 I needed something more to place on the shelf, to replace the glass that I thought matched when I bought but then realized it did not. And I wanted something creative, hence the Vases.

  Simple DIY Foam Cone Vases

The supplies needed are:
  • Foam Cones
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Flowers of some sorts
  • Scissors, Pencil and Paint Brush
DIY Cone Vases Supplies

The most complicated and first step is to create your pattern. You will want to flip your scrapbook paper over so that the design is the backside. Mark the top and bottom of the cone with your pencil.

  DIY cone vase pattern markoff

Then you will want to draw the curved lines at both the top and bottom of the pattern.

  diy con vase pattern curved lines

You will then want to angle the sides so that the top portion of the pattern is more narrow than the bottom.

  diy cone vase pattern sides cut

Hard part is now over! Whew!! As a note...you may have to make some additional cuts here and there to make sure the pattern fits on the cone as you want. Once complete...time to glue the pattern to the cone.

  diy cone vase glue

Almost done! All that's left is to insert the flower into the cone. In order to do that more easily, you will want to make a hole first.

  diy cone vase hole

Rather than leaving the cone white, you can paint the top and bottom as I did with this one.

  diy cone vase paint

And you are done!!! Now wasn't that easy?!?!? Total project time was less than an hour. They are great to add a little color, height and, interest to any space.

  Simple DIY Foam Cone Vases

Thanks to Britni for allowing me to stop by today again. I will be back next month as well. Stay tuned and let me know if there is something you would like me to feature. I haven't posted much lately on my own blog as I have been very sick because we are expecting a new addition. Read all about it! Very exciting!

  Preggo 2 and 2 640

See you soon!

denise from dd 750

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