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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hold My Hand Sweet Angel #BehindTheBlogger

(Disclaimer: This post is raw. This post is emotional and may bring triggers related to stillbirth to some people)
This is my first Behind The Blogger Prompt. I feel that this first post was meant to be. Hold My Hand. This has so much meaning to me. Meaning that is raw. Emotional and heartwrenching. If you are just "meeting me", three years ago as of April, it was our daughters Birthday. This was also the day of her death. Today is August 24th. Three years ago on August 24th, it would have been her original due date.
I would give anything for her to "hold my hand" and for me to hold hers again. This moment that you see above was one of my favorite. Looking her over, and counting her toes and admiring her small hands.  My daughter died from a fatal birth defect. By the time we found out she had it, there was no reversing this. She had Anencephaly. It is a neural tube defect and babies born with this are stillborn or pass away shortly after birth. I started documenting here when we found out.  
One thing that bothered me when we found out was how people would say "God will make this better for you", or "Miracles Happen". No. That is not true. She was not going to live and we carried her knowing that. There was no miracle of her brain forming or surviving. We were given the chance to abort, and that was not a decision that I would make. I carried her to 20 weeks and my body threw itself into labor. I hated it. EVERY minute of it. When you are in labor, you are supposed to be excited. Happy. We cried. The ENTIRE time. 
At 20 weeks, I did not realize how formed she would be. She looked like a micro preemie. Every bit of her was perfectly formed, down to the fingernails. I loved it when I had her hands on mine. That moment that she could "Hold My Hand". There is not a day that goes by that I do not cherish the 20 weeks that I had with her in my belly, the 6 hours or so that we got to spend with her before the funeral home had to take her. All of it. I can't wait to meet you again sweet angel. Until then- I will look forward to seeing you in the after-life, when you can finally "Hold My Hand" again.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Collect All 10 #Skylanders Battlecast Cards From Specially Marked Boxes Of General Mills Cereal! #BigGBattlecast #Sponsored

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by General Mills via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of General Mills or Momtrends.
I love having family time and fun with my 9-year-old. She is at that age where it isn't cool to hang with mom anymore. When I heard about Skylanders® Battlecast cards in specially marked boxes of General Mills Cereal,  I had to get them and show her! I knew that I could win her over.
Breakfast and dinner are the only times we really get to sit and chat. With school being in, and always being on the go, I like to take advantage of this time. For a limited time, specially marked Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp, Golden Grahams, Honey Nut Cheerios and Reese’s Puffs include the character cards – on shelves of major retailers nationwide through September 2016.
In partnership with Skylanders® Battlecast, specially marked boxes of General Mills Cereal will contain three free Battlecast cards with one exclusive character card inside every participating box - fans can collect four brand new, exclusive cards and the full set of ten cards in all! 

The exclusive cards cannot be found anywhere else – for a limited time- featuring characters Sonic Boom, Trigger Happy, Prism Break and Hot Head. My daughter flipped out when she heard about this! I was all of a sudden "The Cool Mom".
 Launched in May 2016, Skylanders Battlecast is the latest mobile game in the Skylanders franchise. Did you know that you can download a free app via your phone on the app store for Apple and Android? Make breakfast time fun! We do now and she loves it. 
In the mobile trading card game, users can collect both digital and physical Skylanders Battlecast cards to build the ultimate team and bring them to life in epic online battles.  Users can scan physical character cards with a mobile device camera to add them to their in-game deck. It is so much fun watching her play with these cards and giggle! Don't know how to play? No problem! Check out this video to learn how to play yourself! 
I love the quality time that Lydia and I get together. We also have fun creating our own Skylanders® Battlecast cards and coming up with our own characters too!
What do you say? Are you going to purchase this cereal and get started collecting cards yourself?! For more information about Skylanders Battlecast, visit the Skylanders Battlecast Website! Visit the General Mills Website to learn more about them. You can also visit General Mills Cereal on their social channels below to stay up to date with the latest!
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pregnant? Join the Mattel Fisher Price Community & Get Paid In GIFT CARDS!

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for my participation.
 I love bring new opportunities to my readers. I wanted to introduce you to the newest that I know you are going to love.  Are you currently expecting? Join other expecting Moms in a private online community to discuss the joys and challenges of motherhood, as well as advise Mattel Fisher Price about their toys and games. Fisher Price cares about what Moms have to say when it comes to expecting a new baby. They rely on their exclusive group of over 300 Moms to help them gain a greater understanding of the lifestyle and needs of their consumers as it relates back to the world of play, and is opening up this invitation to you.
If you want to impact the future products your new coming child will use, sign up to interact with other expecting moms, answer surveys, participate in discussions and more. Your answers will help shape the future of Fisher Price as well as lend a hand to and inspire other pregnant Moms like you going through the same journey. Sharing your opinions will also help earn you rewards each month, as well as fun prizes along the way.
When it comes to rewards, in addition to the opportunity to impact the brand, members will receive a $5 Amazon gift code just for joining and an additional $10 Amazon gift code each month for their participation. Spots are limited, so be sure to sign up today – the community is currently letting in just over 100 new members! See if you qualify here:  http://bit.ly/2baH2k8. I have personally been a part of one of these communities and I can promise you that this is legit. Sign up if you are expecting! What do you have to lose? Let me know in the comments if you get in!

Back To School With Crayola Products! Score Printable Bookmarks Too! #BackToSchool

When I think of buying back to school supplies and art supplies, one brand comes to mind. It is Crayola. Crayola has never disappointed me in any way. Their products are high quality and they are adorable. They have a wide variety of products to offer and we were lucky enough to receive several of them. 
Some products that I want to share with you are below! We love them in our household and you will too. All of these can be found on their website, and you can find them in stores too. 
We love Crayola Doodle Scents , Crayola Window Markers , Crayola Pip Squeeks Washable Markers, Crayola Power LinesProkect Markers, Crayola Classic Markers  and lastly, Crayola Washable Super Tips! 
Crayola also has the cutest Finding Dory markets and crayons! These products are new this school year, and they are adorable!
Have you seen these cute Shopkins crayons? They are just the cutest! You can't go back to school shopping without buying a box of crayons! I also loves these erasable colored pencils!
We love using Crayola products to color our back to school projects too. Lydia loves to read, and the only homework she has at this school is to read 20 minutes a day. I made these cute bookmarks for her to color!
Crayola products are great to craft with. I had fun making these from scratch for her to color.
You can print these on standard paper, or cardstock (which is better) and have fun coloring with your little one like I did! 
Click the image above or go HERE to get them! 
I also made blank ones so that you can get creative! I hope you enjoy! Visit Crayola on their social media to stay up to date with the latest! Thanks for reading!
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Adorable Free Printable Happy Birthday "Pun" Cards!

I love nothing more than a cute card! I also love cards that you can't really find in your typical store. I was browsing the web and couldn't find anything that I really liked, and when I did find something- it was too plain. I like color, and lots of it. I was stoked to print these on my new HP DeskJet3755 All-in-One printer
My 9-year-old and I are always saying puns. If you read the cards that I made above, you can get the idea of what it is. What is a pun? A joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings. There are so many out there so the possibilities are endless when it comes to the sayings or cards that you can make. I love these!
When I made these, I had in mind that I just wanted to use the typical 5x7 size, because it is a good size and I like it. I bought the cardstock (Neenah Exact Index Card Stock, 8.5 x 11 Inch, 90 lb, White, 250 Sheets) on Amazon  and the Darice Smooth A7 Envelopes, 5.25-Inch by 7.25-Inch, Kraft, 50-Pack of envelopes on Amazon. (affiliate links- purchasing via my link will allow me to earn a percentage of the purchase.) 
I made a tutorial on how to make a watercolor card, and making this goes about the same. It is just creating your layers and placing the images where you want them. I am thrilled that I can offer these to you all! They are so cute! These are obviously blank on the inside so that you can get creative and write your own little note or message.
When you print these images, save to your computer via Dropbox HERE. These are 5x7 cards and JPEG images. Flip the image upside down in the image viewer. Place a standard size piece of cardstock in your printer and print. You will need to fold and trim. Nothing that you can't use a Xacto knife or big pair of scissors for! These make the cutest gift too! If you don't want to download them all at once, you can score them via the links below!
Do you think you will use these cards in the near future? I would love to hear! Thanks for reading! 
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Friday, August 19, 2016

SING STREET Now on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD & On Demand #SingStreetDVD #Giveaway

Have you heard of the new movie SING STREET? If not, you are missing out! This is a feel-good, coming of age story written and directed by John Carney (Once, Begin Again) featuring the ultimate soundtrack of the 80s.
SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. 
He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, ├╝ber-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band… yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised - calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos. 
Inspired by writer/director John Carney’s (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN) life and love for music, SING STREET shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater. Rated PG-13. Find out where you can purchase your copy of Sing Street on Go Watch It.
Check out the trailer for yourself!
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How to Create A Watercolor Printable Card With Steps! Printable Freebies Included.

I love creating new things on my Paint Shop Pro program! I am a fan and I have been since high school. They have a new version called Paint Shop Pro X9. You can download this or use the free 30 day trial. The full NEW version is $79.99, and if you have an older version and want to upgrade, it is $59.99. This tutorial is easy for a beginner. I am going to give you step by step instructions! Have you ever wanted to create a watercolor card for someone, but you did not want the mess of paint? Have no fear! I am here to save the day! I am going to show you how to make this:
How cute is that? AND you can place any saying that you want on the front of it. The inside is blank so that you can fill it out with your own handwriting. I feel that makes it more personal than typing a message too! If you don't want to make it yourself, I am providing the download link to print it yourself too via the bottom of this post.
Now, after you download your Paint Shop Pro program, and open it- you need to head here and get your free brushes. Brushes are what make the card for this project. I often use that website because people create the neatest add-ons for this program.Check out the screenshots below for reference.
Now, download these brushes and unzip to your desktop. LEAVE THEM there for now.
Go to the program and click file > import> then custom brush. This is where you will bring the brushes into the program so that they are always there when you need them. You will not have to redownload them.
A box will pop open like the one below.
Click OPEN and grab them from the desktop and they will all load like you see to the left. Click ADD ALL and they will move to the right! Click OK and you are set. 
I made this greeting card a 5x7. I like the size. So go to FILE at the top left again and then click NEW. This box will pop up. See where it says units? Click inches and to the left make width 5 and height 7. Unclick the transparent box and make that white. You can choose a color by clicking the box. Now I am going to show you how easy that it is to make your card.
Clic the brush tool and find the brushes you downloaded, click one and you can play with the size where it says size at the top too.
Use the pallet to the right and choose the colors you want the brushes to be. Get creative. Click around and make your design. You can turn it around via the buttons you see circled at the top so that you can get it even around each edge. When you get it to where you want it, you can add your font. Your computer already has font installed, but if you want anything fancy or cute, head on over to a free website such as dafont.com. Find the font you want, download it and unzip to your desktop. Right click and click INSTALL. The font that you see here is Bromello.
After you get your fonts downloaded, you can start adding the text onto the card.
If you want the watercolor effect that I did, go to file, then click new (like you did when we made the 5x7 card image to start with) and instead of clicking inches like last time, click pixels and do 500x500!
Use the brushes and make a watercolor effect one on another like you see I did! You can play with textures on the right as well, but I recommend taking it easy to start out on. 
After you click that box, this box that you see below will pop up!
Click pattern at the top and the one you made should pop up. Click and make it and scale like I have it. Click ok and you are started. Type the font that you want inside of the card! Play with it and place it where you want. 
You are done and ready to gift your card! Save to your desktop. Now click and open it. If you want to print from here do this:
Rotate the image upside down. There is a good reason for this! Load your paper or cardstock into the printer. I used standard size. 
The reason I had you flip the image is so that when you fold the card, it is facing the correct way! Click fit to picture and 5x7. Click print.
Fold over and trim your card with scissors or a xacto knife. You can find these at any craft store.
Enjoy and gift your beautiful new card! The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can do! Get creative with it! You will become addicted! Don't want to make it yourself? Don't sweat it- download the card freebie pack for a pdf of them all, or download each here. Freebies include:
Happy Birthday To My Sister, Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday To My Aunt, Happy Birthday B*tch, Happy Birthday Daughter, Happy Birthday Mom, Happy You Came Out Of Your Mom's Vagina Day and Holy Sh*t You're Old! There are a variety to choose from! Please remember these are all 5x7! I hope that you enjoy them all! Feel free to email me if you have any questions! Like this post? Please share via one of the buttons below, RT or Pin this last image! Thanks for reading!
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Show Teacher Appreciation With A Touch Of Dazzle! #BackToSchool #Giveaway

It is back to school season where we live.  I thought that we would put a smile on Lydia's teachers face for the start of the year with a gift. When I came across A Touch of Dazzle, I was amazed at the selection of unique, beautiful, high-quality (and affordable!) fashion jewelry. If you haven't heard of them, you are missing out. 
A Touch of Dazzle offers makes fashion earrings, lockets, bracelets, and necklaces and more.They have a selection of products for all occasions! I was thrilled to see they had a selection of keychain lockets and a few necklace lockets for back to school. My daughter is in 4th grade this year, so trying to find something that was "just right" was really what I wanted to do. I saw this locket and fell in love.
This floating charm locket is the perfect gift. Floating lockets are trendy right now, and she can use the keychain wherever she pleases. I like that it came with the "4th Grade Rox!" plate as well as three colored stones and three floating charms. The globe, school bus and stack of books with an apple is just perfect.
The locket opens on the right to take out or add more charms if she wants to as well. 
The colors are perfect for that back to school vibe. It is a cute product and I can't wait to hear Lydia tell me how she liked it. 
I am pleased that it comes in a cute gift box and it is perfect! The quality of this locket is great and it is not cheaply made at all. I love the quality in the product. If you want to score this particular locket for yourself, you can do so HERE for $29.99! That is a steal! Other brands cost almost double, if not more than that. Visit the Back To School collection on their website and see the other cute lockets they have to offer. Be sure to check out A Touch of Dazzle overall, because there is something for every occasion! You can also visit A Touch of Dazzle on their social channels to stay up to date with the latest!
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True Beauty Is Reflected From The Heart With Precious Moments

The Small Things is a Precious Moments Blogger & received  product  in return for a feature on this blog. This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
As some of you know, I am a Precious Moments blogger. I receive the cutest products and I get to introduce them to you. It began more than three decades ago, when Precious Moments creator, Sam Butcher, began drawing the endearing teardrop-eyed children he called "Precious Moments," as gifts for family and friends. Today, his Precious Moments artwork is among the most recognized art in the world, sharing messages of loving, caring and sharing with collectors from around the globe. When you see "the eyes", you will know that it is a Precious Moments product for sure! 
The "True Beauty Is Reflected From The Heart" figurine is adorable. Beauty is found in confidence, compassion, determination, and so many other aspects that lie far deeper than the skin. I love how her reflection shows in the mirror and every detail that goes into this product.
The "True Beauty Is Reflected From The Heart" figurine is made of Porcelain/resin/glass and it stands 5 1/4" H. As this diligent dancer practices her ballet positions at her barre, her beauty is not only reflected in the mirror, but from her heart as well.
 The details that go into painting these products always amazes me. I love the hints of pink and glitter on this one. 
As you can see, it is flawless and adorable. The cute wood floor that she is standing on is the perfect touch. I love her blonde hair as well because my daughter is a blonde. This product means so much to me because I always tell my daughter that no matter how pretty you are on the outside, it is what is in the heart that matters. That is what this product represents to me. 
This product is available on the Precious Moments website for only $55.99. You can purchase today!
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Be sure to visit the Precious Moments website to see the other beautiful products that they have to offer. There is something for everybody! You can also visit their social channels below. 
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