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September 3, 2015
by Lauren Mueller
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Stampin’ Up!

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Since 1988, Stampin’ Up! has been helping people discover and share their creativity through our exclusive line of decorative stamp sets and accessories for cards, scrapbooking, craft projects, and home décor! Our products can only be purchased through a network of independent sales consultants called Stampin’ Up! demonstrators—a great advantage to our customers because they get much more than superior, award winning products; they get years of combined crafting experience and the nearly unlimited creative resources that come with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. To locate a demonstrator near you, go to http://www.stampinup.com/ and click Find a Demonstrator.

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I’m the type of person who would rather make something rather then go to a store and buy it. It isn’t because I’m cheap or want to save money it’s for the simple fact that I love making things. There’s just something about sitting on the floor after everyone in my house has went to bed and I get to be creative without disruptions that always makes me feel relaxed. Whenever I’m working on something I feel most comfortable sitting on the floor in the living room with all my items surrounding me, most of the time when an idea strikes it’s at the most random times. I’ve created wreaths out of cardboard, bubble wrap and T Shirts that should’ve been thrown away. It’s pretty well known in my family that I love DIY projects or just turning everyday items into something beautiful but there is always 1 thing my family doesn’t understand about me. They don’t understand how I can never send cards out, it doesn’t matter if its a holiday or birthday I just never remember to do it. My mom has even gone as far as filling the envelopes out yet it still took me 2 weeks after my brothers birthday to get his out. I don’t know what it is but I’m bad about it, really bad. I want to change that so I figured maybe if I make cards myself I would be more inclined to send them out so this is when I decided to look into items that could help aid me in my change. I knew I would need stamps, paper, markers and all that jazz to turn it into a personal card, this is when I came across Stampin’ Up!

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This lovely company sent me so many goodies that I can use to make cards, cute notes, gift tags or whatever else I figure out to make. While I was looking around their website I felt like a little kid in a candy store with no parents around. Everything offered by Stampin’ Up! is just simply amazing and they have everything you could ever need or want. For this review I have a bunch of goodies to share with you all so I will cut my rambling off now and get into all the items!

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With the help of the Neutrals and 2015-2017 Envelope Papers you can skip plain and boring by making your own pretty patterned envelopes. The paper is thin, text weight which makes it perfect for envelopes; it’s stronger than regular paper and less bulky than cardstock which will leave your envelopes slime, trim and gorgeous! The 2015-2017 In Colors envelope paper comes with 20 sheets which you will get 2 each of 2 designs in 5 colors; the colors include Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder also each sheet is 12″ x 12″. For the Neutrals Envelope Paper you will get 20 sheets in 3 colors they include Kraft (5 sheets), Whisper White (10 sheets) and Very Vanilla (5 sheets) all the sheets are 12″ x 12″. To fill those envelopes you are going to need cards, not just any kind of card but one that you make with the best cardstock. The cardstock offered by Stampin’ Up! is high quality, formulates especially for decerning crafters. It’s ultrasmooth surface is ideal for stamping so you will get clean and crisp images. Each sheet is dyed with pure color all the way through so there’s no white core. The Subtle Cardstock are 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets are acid free and Lignin free, you will get 20 sheets which consist of 2 sheets each of 10 colors. The colors include Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Marina Mis, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, So Saffron, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder. Just like the Subtle Cardstock the 2015-2017 In Color Cardstock are 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets that are acid and lignin free, you will get 20 sheets which consist of 4 sheets each of 5 colors. The colors for this one include Cucumber Crush, Delightful, Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder.


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No what would card making be if you didn’t have some super awesome stamps to use! I’m very familiar with wooden stamps but Photopolymer stamps are a new territory for me. I mean I’ve seen them in the store, looked at them, read about them but have never used them so I was pretty stoked when I was able to try them out! To use these types of stamps you will need clear blocks to put them on, if you are a beginner like me the Clear Block Bundle would be a great starting point. The Clear Block Bundle comes with Block A: 1-3/16″ x 1-1/4″, Block B: 1-5/8″ x 1-15/16″, Block C: 2″ x 2-1/4″, Block D: 2-7/8″ x 2-11/16″, Block E: 3-7/16″ x 4-7/16″, Block F: 4-7/8″ x 6″, Block G: 2-1/2″ x 3/4″, Block H: 4-7/16″ x 1-5/8″ and  Block I: 5-7/8″ x 2-1/4″.  I know that seems like a whole lot of numbers so just to get simple the bundle consists of 9 different sizes of clear blocks. They are high quality acrylic blocks that are grooved for easy gripping. When purchasing this bundle you will save 15%, it include 1 of all Stampin’s Up! block sizes. Now that we have the blocks it looks like we will need some Photopolymer stamps! This company offers numerous styles, designs and shape in these stamps. The ones you see above are Layered Letters Alphabet, Christmas Bliss and Celebrate Today. The Layered Letter Alphabets come with 34 stamps that includes all the letters of the alphabet plus 8 signs (@, &, solid rectangle, ?, !, +, # and a solid circle). The recommended block to use for these stamps are Block B, it’s the perfect size for the letters and shapes.  Christmas Bliss is the perfect stamp kit for gorgeous holiday cards and tags, it’s recommended to use clear block in size H, C and G. For this one you will get sweet holiday themed sayings and some cute pictures or ornaments, tree’s and a star it had 11 stamps. Perfect for those special moments in life like a birthday or new baby the Celebrate Today Photopolmer stamp kit will help aid you in creating that perfect card. It comes with ballons, banners and sayings, these two step stamps give you so many creative options. You can combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colors you want and it comes with 17 stamps. The recommended clear block size for this stamp kit are H, C and G. I would like to mention that the Clear Block and Photopolymer Stamp Kits are sold separately. These stamps and blocks are very simple to use all you do is peel the stamp from the backing sheet, stick the stamp onto a acrylic block, ink the stamp and get to being creative. It’s highly suggested to clean the stamps immediately after use and store them on the backing sheet.

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The Lot of Joy Wood Mount Stamps are high quality. precut and come with farmed maple wood blocks. The Lots of Joy Wood Mount stamps come with 10 rubber stamps and the wood blocks are included. They come packaged in a case with images on the the spine for easy storage and quick reference. When you receive this item you will have to match the stamp to it’s corresponding block, peel the backing off the rubber stamp and place firmly on the wooden block. They also provide sticks for you to use on the other side so you can easily identify the stamps. Their premium red rubber will last for years and give a superior impression each time.  Now what would all these stamps be for if there wasn’t some ink to use them on! For 2015-2017 In Color Stampin’ Pad you can purchase as a bundle and get the 2015-2017 In Color Cardstock. If you were to purchase this bundle you would get the 20 sheets of cardstock and 5 Stampin’ Pads. The Stampin Pads are fast drying, dye bade ink, acid free and can be re-inked with match Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills. You can flip top for upside storage, the pads will stay inks while in storage. It’s firm foam pad last longer than felt pads and provides exceptional ink coverage, especially with solid image stamps. The measure for these Stampin’ Pads are 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2.

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Stamping is great for the most part but to truly add your own touch by adding your own handwritten messages or add your own doodle  you are going to need some markers. The 2015-2017 Stampin’ Write Markers are going to be just what you need, it comes with 5 colors that include Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon wonder. If those colors sound familiar it’s because they are! These Stampin’ Write Markers are in the same collection as the 2015-2017 In Color Card Stock and The 2015-2017 In Color Stampin’ Pads. These markers are fast drying, dyed based ink, acid free, dual tip: 0.5 mm fine point and flexible brush. They have finger grasps on the cap for easy removal, you won’t have to guess about which end to uncap because there is a wide line on the marker barrel by the brush tip and narrow line by the fine tip. When you are needing to stick accessories to whatever you making you can use the Fast Fuse Adhesive. It has 13.1 yards of adhesive, is acid free and there are refills available. This item is great for memory preservation products or for 3D projects due to the fact of it’s super strength adhesive bonds. To help up your creative game you can also use Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack which come in shapes of a heart, clover and star. You can also add a little more fun to your project by using Gold Sequin Trim and Silver Sequin Trim. The sequin trims are each 1/4” wide, are 10 yards and 100% PET.

Phew guys that was bit of a long review about all these great products from Stampin’ Up! I know that most of what has been written about the products are mainly information which isn’t like my typical reviews I do. I figured with so many products I thought it would be best to tell about them more rather then just jump into my experience. Now that you all have the facts about these items I will now tell you guys about how my journey went with using these products. At first I was overwhelmed, I mean I was excited and couldn’t wait to use them but none the less I was overwhelmed. There were so many and I just didn’t know what to use first or try first. Like I mentioned briefly the Photopolymer stamps and blocks were all new territory for me so it was a little intimidating to use them but after the first try I’m happy to say they are very easy to use and clean up easy too. I have been slowly working my way through the products, my projects aren’t pro level yet as I’m still learning but with the items from Stampin’ Up! I know I’ll be able to make beautiful creations. I’ve been doing a lot of practicing so I can be ready for the  holidays coming up. I plan on getting to work on making my cards for Christmas and my daughters birthday. So please stay tuned as I want to be able to share them all with you!

If you guys have any questions or want to know more just leave me a comment and I will be happy to answer them! Until next time everyone!!

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September 1, 2015
by Nikki
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The Vampire Diaries & The Originals DVD Giveaway

 

 

 

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About The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season
The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.
Own The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HDSeptember 1, 2015 .
Contains All 22 Episodes From The Sixth Season Plus Two Featurettes, An Audio Commentary, The 2014 Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes, And A Gag Reel
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About The Originals The Complete Second Season
 

 

As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.


Own The Originals The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HDSeptember 1, 2015
Contains All 22 Episodes From The Second Season Plus Never-Before-Seen Featurettes And Much More!
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August 31, 2015
by Nikki
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Booginhead Review

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About (taken from website): BooginHead LLC. is currently located in Issaquah, Washington and continues to provide unique and solution based products that are geared towards simply making parents’ lives easier! Davidson says that “the basis for all the products I create need to fit a certain criteria: is it solving a problem, is it fashionable and does it break the bank? In this economy it is a need vs. a want so creating functional products that meet a need and look more expensive than they are is a great niche.”

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Superpower SplatMat: My daughter is just at the age where she is eating and making huge messes. The thing that I hate the most is the mess that gets on the floor. I like her to be in the living room with us while she eats and snacks while I blog, and I’m always worried about getting baby food on my carpet. This splatmat is 52″ round and wipes up very easy with just soap and water. It folds up nice and easy to fit into a diaper bag for easy travel.

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PaciPouch: My daughter no longer uses a pacifier, but this adorable little lady bug pouch is great to carry all kinds of little things in it. I actually use it to carry my daughters medicine in when we go out. The pouch itself is washable, inside and out with soapy water. The strap has a snap enclosure to attach to your purse or diaper bag.

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Screw Top Squeez ‘Ems: These reusable food pouches are such a blessing in my house. I hate buying pre-made pouches from stores with purees in them for my kids. There is too many horror stories about yuckies in them. I would rather make my own. They are perfect for any age and great for snacks and lunch boxes. Microwavable and freezer safe (remember to save room for expansion). And of course its BPA free!

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SippiGrip: I hate when my kids would play the game “pick it up”. And of course bottles, cups and toys would get dirty and I would have to wash them so many times before giving them back to the kids. I reviewed the SippiGrip that I could attach to the high chair and to her sippy cup or bottle and it would keep it from hitting the floor if she knocked it off. The strap is adjustable and works great on high chairs, strollers and even car seats!

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Pack ‘Ems: I love to use these Velcro closure packages. They are great for taking snacks on the go and for in lunch boxes. I hate buying and wasting plastic baggies for snacks. They are expensive and wasteful. Hop online and buy a few sets from Booginhead. They are cost efficient, BPA free and easy to fill as they stand on their own. They are also top rack dishwasher safe.

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August 30, 2015
by Nikki
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Yummi Gear Lunch Box Review

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About (taken from website): Yummi Pouch was created by husband and wife team, passionate about serving people and pursing adventures together. Inspired by their daughter, they designed Yummi Pouches to help parents meet their children’s fundamental need of good nutrition while making the feeding process simple, eco-friendly, and cost-effective. Their vision is to provide moms and dads with a simple container to fill with delicious homemade blended snacks.

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I am always looking for new reusable products that I can use for just my kids. My oldest son is a wrestler and we like to make sure that he eats light and healthy during the season and I like to “pack” my toddler his lunches a few days at a time to have ready so when he is ready to eat he can grab it and eat. When I saw that Yummi Gear had lunch boxes I knew that they would be perfect for both my boys!

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Yummi Gear comes as a 4 pack with 4 colors; blue, green, teal and orange. There is 2 small compartments and 1 large that is perfect for a sandwich. I was able to pack both lunches, my  oldest son with a salad, grapes, and strawberries (I had to put the dressing in a different container so that the salad wouldn’t get soggy). My youngest I made a peanut butter sandwich, grapes and apple slices (spritzed with lemon to keep fresh). He loved that he was able to be a big boy and get his own lunch. He acted like his big brother and was “going to school”.  The Yummi Gear is microwavable, freezer and dishwasher safe. The lids are easy to take off even by little hands. This being said, liquids are not a good idea to put in the lunch boxes as they will spill out. I am so happy I was able to review these!

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