Reusing Wedding Flowers for Door Wreath

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A while ago, I posted on how I made my own wedding bouquet. Since you only use the bouquet for the wedding, I decided to repurpose the flowers used from my bouquet and use them to make a door wreath for our home. It gives our door wreath a more sentimental feeling since the flowers were used in our wedding and it's more useful now instead of having my wedding bouquet sitting in a box.
This was my wedding bouquet.

I removed all of the flowers from my bouquet and arranged
 them onto a Styrofoam wreath. I also had flowers leftover
from the wedding reception.

(I put the wreath on the fridge door for the picture).
The small flowers I had to hot-glue onto the Styrofoam,
but most of the bigger flowers were able to be attached to the
wreath by just poking their wire stems into the Styrofoam.

More Giveaways

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Shabby Apple Dress
Here's some more giveaways to enter from various blogs:

Carters $50
Gymboree $75 Gift Card
Cafe Press $30 Gift Card
Red Robin $25 Gift Card
Shabby Apple Gift Card
Walmart Gift Card and Aveeno Prize Package
Gift Card of Your Choice to Anthropologie, Home Goods, Target or World Market
Anthropologie Gift Card

How to Get Rid of Things

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

As people, we tend to accumulate things/stuff over the years. Some of the stuff we use and some of the stuff we don't. The stuff we don't use tends to add more space in the hopes that we will use it, holds some sentimental meaning or we just don't think about getting rid of it. Every few months, I like to take a look around my dwelling and decide what can I live without? Then I haul away the stuff and get rid of it. I suggest you do the same. It's easier to clean and organize your things if you have the stuff you need and want rather then a whole bunch of stuff that you don't really need. I usually donate or sell the items that I don't need. Here's some ideas for you:

  • Garage Sales: My last garage sale wasn't very successful. The more furniture and bigger ticket items that you have - the more successful your garage sale.
  • Consignment Stores: Consignment stores sell unwanted items for you and give you a percentage of the sale. 
  • Craig's List
  • Ebay
  • Sell unwanted books: Sell unwanted books at Half Price Books, Text Book R US, or
  • Sell unwanted DVDs at Half Price Books or FYE.
  • Thred up: Thred up is an online consignment store that sends you a pre-paid postage bag that you can fill with quality women's and children's clothing that you no longer want. They will give a percentage of what they make off the items.
  • Goodwill: Goodwill is my usual go-to. I go there with bags of stuff and get a nice receipt for tax time.
  • Salvation Army
  • Local Woman's Shelter: The local woman's shelter will often take used clothing and items. 
  • AM Vets: My parents use Am Vets all of the time. They schedule a pick up with AM Vets and tell them where the donated items will be located and they will come and pick them up for them. Pretty easy and convenient.

More Shabby Apple Giveaways

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Shabby Apple is a vintage style dress company. Their dresses are super cute. Here's some Shabby Apple Giveaways to participate in:

Shopping for Maternity Clothes?

Monday, June 17, 2013

I've found out that Maternity Clothes can be expensive. Some other resources besides the stores in the mall to find inexpensive maternity clothes can include:
  • Ross Clothing: It's like a TJ Maxx. I stumbled in there one day looking at baby clothes and noticed that they had some really cheap maternity clothes.
  • Consignment Stores: I got most of my maternity clothes at consignment stores for one quarter of the price it would have cost in the mall and they look just like new.
  • Target: Target doesn't have very many maternity clothes, but they have some pretty good deals on their clearance racks.
  • Walmart: Walmart sells cheap maternity clothes on their website and you can have it shipped to your local store (making the shipping free).
  • Thred Up:  Thred up is an online consignment store. You can buy inexpensive maternity clothes from the convenience of your own home. They also have kids clothes too.
  • Garage Sales: Don't forget garage sales!
  • Ebay
  • Goodwill

Summer Reading Programs

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Here's some summer reading programs! Also be sure to check out your local libraries programs:

Half Price Books Kids read 15 min a day between June and July. When you reach 300 minutes turn in your reading log to Half Price Books and earn HPB bucks.

At Barnes and Noble if a kid reads eight books and records them in a reading journal,  they can pick a book for free. More details at

Summer Reading Suggestions

Friday, June 14, 2013

Baby to 3 years
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams
Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure by Doreen Cronin
Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure by Doreen Cronin
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
Are You My Mommy? by Philip D. Eastman
Olivia’s Opposites by Ian Falconer
Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Guess How Much I love You by Sam McBratney
Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise

3 to 8 Years Read Aloud
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry G. Allard
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
The Hat by Jan Brett
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
Arthur Books by Marc Brown
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Brown
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Verdi by Janell Cannon
Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin
Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Olivia Books by Ian Falconer
Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
How Much is a Million by Steven Kellogg
Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
Library Lil by Steven Kellogg
Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale by Steven Kellogg
Pinkerton, Behave! by Steven Kellogg
The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Steven Kellogg
The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg
You Are Special by Max Lucado
Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
I was so Mad (other Little Critter Series) by Mercer Mayer
You’re All My Favorites by Sam McBratney
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth
 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
The Rainbow Fish by Marcys Pfister
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Curious George by H.A. Rey
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Big Plans by Bob Shea
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Slyvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe
Baby Tamer by Mark Teague
How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
Pigsty by Mark Teague
The Field Beyond the Outfield by Mark Teague
The Lost and Found by Mark Teague
The Secret Shortcut by Mark Teague
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood

5-7 Years Early Readers
Bears in the Night by Stan Bernstain
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig by Kate DiCamillo
Big Dog, Little Dog by P.D. Eastman
Go, Dog, Go! By P.D. Eastman
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? By Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
Judy Moody Series by Megan McDonald
Stink Series (Stink The Incredible Shrinking Kid and Stink Incredible Super-Galatic
            Jawbreaker) by Megan McDonald
The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
Junie B. Jones Series by Barbara Park (Younger kids like this series read aloud too)
Amelia Bedilia by Herman Perish
Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

8-10 Years Reading List
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Freckle Juice by Judy Bloom
Fudge by Judy Bloom
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Beverly Clearly
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Clearly
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Matilda by Ronald Dahl
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitshugh
Bunnicula Series by James Howe
The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kiney
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks by Nancy McArthur
The New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky (Poems)
Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar
There’s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald J. Sobol
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

11-14 Years Reading List
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
Book of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
The Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Beauty by Robin McKinley
My Fair Godmother by Janette Raillison
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Flipped by Wendelin VanDraanen

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (about the Holocaust)
Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Holes by Lous Sachar
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Treasure Island by Robert Stevenson
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

14-18 Years Reading List
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Matched by Ally Condie
Stork by Wendy Delsol
Before Midnight: A retelling of Cinderella by Cameron Dokey
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Safekeeping by Karen Hesse
A Countess Below the Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Pizza, Love and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams
Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen
Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt
On Fortune’s Wheel by Cynthia Voigt

Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Starters by Lissa Price

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series by Douglas Adams
The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
White Fang by Jack London

Beowulf by Anonymous
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Illiad by Homer
The Odyssey by Homer
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Animal Farm by George Orwell
1984 by George Orwell
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Female Adult Reads
Fun Reads
Edenbrook by Julianne Donaldson
The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Emma by Jane Austin
Persuasion by Jane Austin
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Evelina by Fanny Burney (pre-Austin woman writer)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Historical Reads
Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World’s Greatest Chocolate Makers by Deborah Cadbury
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph Ellis

How to Stop Worrying and How to Start Living by Dale E. Carnegie

Shabby Apple Giveaways

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sorry it's been a while since I've blogged....

Here are some Shabby Apple Giveaways to enter from various blogs:

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