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$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway and Back to School Ideas!!

30 Aug

Update — giveaway closed.
Winner was #414 — Mary Grace. Winner chosen via Random.org

It’s that time of year. 
 **Back-to-School**

My kids started school last week –I’m not sure where the summer went! We have some traditions that we love to make going back to school special for our kids. The first is documenting the first day of school.

Last year my friend Kami introduced me to Chalkboard Bubbles and I had such a fun time documenting the first day of school with them!! I did the same thing this year- it’s so amazing how the kids change from year to year!! 

We also have a special Crepe Party right before school starts. 
It’s a great special occasion where we talk about goals and plans for the up-coming school year. 
Today I’m so excited to have a special Back to School giveaway today from my favorite storeTarget!! 

Target is the place where we get the majority of our clothes, including back to school clothes. I LOVE that Target has great quality, fashionable clothes for such amazing prices. If you see my family or I on the street, the chances are about 100% that something we are wearing comes from Target.

Target’s Cherokee line is one of my favorite Target lines. We were just there last week looking at Fall coats and Hannah found this black wool Cherokee peacoat that she loved.

Want to win some $$$ for back to school clothes for YOUR family??
Target has given me a $100 gift card to give away to a TT&J reader!! 
Win a $100 Target Gift Card
$100 Target gift card

Here’s how YOU can win:

To get extra entries:

  • Leave a comment here with YOUR family’s favorite Back to School Tradition. If you don’t have one, what is one you want to try? one entry.
  • Tweet this:  “I want to win a $100 @Target gift card for new
    @Cherokee_usa clothes! #giveaway via @jenjentrixie http://bit.ly/nDvPKt”. one entry.
  • “Like” Tatertots & Jello on Facebook — where I love to feature projects and great ideas. one entry. 
  • “Like” Cozi on Facebook — Cozi is a FREE online calendar that helps you manage your family schedule. one entry.
Please leave a comment for each item you do above to get those extra entries!
**winner must be a Facebook fan of Cherokee USA.
{Giveaway ends Sept. 6th}

And… how would you like to win $1,000???

Share your best First Day of School photo on Cherokee USA’s Facebook Page for a chance to win!

Prize package includes a $1000 shopping spree from Cherokee and $300 smart phone from Cozi. 
Awesome!!! 


Thanks to Cherokee USA and Cozi for sponsoring this super giveaway!
*this is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.


 

 PS — I am over at the amazing 30 Days Blog— sharing some fun Stenciled Pillows today. Come over and say hi!! 

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Pottery Barn-inspired Spring Butterfly Wreath!!

13 May
ashley's wreath on the door
Have I ever introduced you about my little sister Ashley?
She is beautiful. She’s an amazing mom. She is a great business woman. And she is so creative.
ashley at the flaunt store
ashley and hudson
So when she asked me for a good idea for a Spring Wreath the other day, I showed her a picture that has been pinned on my Craft Room wall for about 6 months:
Pottery Barn —
inspiration wreath
And she made an even better version for her front door! Check it out. What a cute wreath for Spring!!
moss and butterfly wreath from the side
PB-Inspired Butterfly Wreath

Here are the supplies she used:
butterfly wreath supplies
Here’s what Ashley says:
  • I had 2 kinds of moss. Spongy moss and large sheets of moss. Both were preserved but real.
  • I took a grapevine wreath form and started hot gluing the sheets of moss onto the wreath, wrapping each piece around to the back. It took probably 10-12 sheet pieces to cover the wreath.
  • I then took the spongy moss and glued that in the gaps and crevices to give the wreath depth and dimension.
  • I found white butterflies in the floral section of Michaels. They were attached to 12 inch long wire. I thread the wire through the moss and into the back of the grapevine wreath, wrapping the ends around a piece of the grapevine to secure. I left 2 inches of wire between the butterflies and the wreath so they could hover above and create depth.
  • Finally, I attached a large piece of satin ribbon at the top and put it on my door. Voila!
  • The project took a total of 20 minutes and was super simple!
{You can also find these wreath forms at the Dollar Store.}
ashley's whole door
I love the organic simplicity of this wreath!!!
ashley's wreath on the door
And here it is on her front door:
hudson in front of the door
{Isn’t her son Hudson the cutest???}
And if you are in the Bay Area – check out Ashley’s Boutique Flaunt in Danville, CA.
It is the ultimate in casual cool. 
Tell her I sent you!!!
flaunt danville
flaunt inside
hudson and nick
Thanks Ashley!!!
ashley's chevron bathroom
Maybe she will show us all the fun things she has been doing to her new house too! I know she has done a CHEVRON bathroom!!
xxo
PS — Blogger has been down the past day. It deleted my guest project from Kerry yesterday — free printables. Blogger said that they would restore the post. So it should be coming back up sometime today.. In the meantime, be sure to head over to Sweet Sanity for her awesome giveaway today!!
PSS – It’s Friday!! Come link up to the Weekend Wrap Up Party and show off YOUR ideas. I would love to feature YOU! The party starts at 6 pm {MST}.

The Candy Party: Part 2 — Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Goodie Bags

10 May
 To decorate the front of the house and each side of the Candy Buffet, 
we made these Giant Lollipops. 
I saw the idea on Tip Junkie
They are super easy to create and make such a statement!!
 Another decoration we created was Embellished Lanterns. I bought some plain lanterns at Pier 1 a couple weeks ago with the idea of embellishing them for my backyard for evening BBQ’s. Then I realized they would be so fun to hang from my ceiling as a birthday decoration too!
This is also a fast decorating idea. 

All I did was get different kinds of ribbon, lace and fabric flowers. Then I hot glued them on the lanterns. I added some sparkly jewels to the flowers too.
I also made a couple of Pennant Lanterns for fun.
I had seen a fabulous pennant lantern on Pinterest and wanted to see if I could do something similar. I used some Washi Tape on the large lantern to attach the fabric pennants. 
And on the smaller lantern, I used ribbon and made the pennants out of the Washi Tape. All I did was cut out little triangles with the tape and then hot glued the ribbon on and then stuck the tape pennants right under the ribbon. Kind of fun! 
Hannah is a very creative girl and she wanted to make something with her friends as a party activity.
We decided to make some Personalized Necklaces.
I found some metal round jewelry disks on clearance at my craft store for 90% off. I bought those and some brightly colored beads.
Then the girls cut out some scrapbook paper to fit in the metal round disks and I mod podged those onto the disks, covering the front of the paper too. While we let those dry, the girls strung up their beads and gorged on candy from the Candy Buffet.
After the mod podge had dried, they picked out their initial from some scrapbook letters, we attached them to the disks and then filled in the surface with Plaid’s Dimensional Magic. This is a great product to use instead of epoxy or resin which can take a long time to dry and is tricky to mix. Plus, the Dimesional Magic dries much quicker.
We let those dry. And Embellished some little mini lunch boxes that I also found on clearance. I matched the beads to the colors in the lunch boxes so each girl’s beads would match their lunch box. When the party was over we let the girls take the candy home from the Candy Buffet in their lunch boxes.
It was so fun to see her huge smile!! 

xoxo

The Candy Party: Part 2 — Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Goodie Bags

10 May
 To decorate the front of the house and each side of the Candy Buffet, 
we made these Giant Lollipops. 
I saw the idea on Tip Junkie
They are super easy to create and make such a statement!!
 Another decoration we created was Embellished Lanterns. I bought some plain lanterns at Pier 1 a couple weeks ago with the idea of embellishing them for my backyard for evening BBQ’s. Then I realized they would be so fun to hang from my ceiling as a birthday decoration too!
This is also a fast decorating idea. 

All I did was get different kinds of ribbon, lace and fabric flowers. Then I hot glued them on the lanterns. I added some sparkly jewels to the flowers too.
I also made a couple of Pennant Lanterns for fun.
I had seen a fabulous pennant lantern on Pinterest and wanted to see if I could do something similar. I used some Washi Tape on the large lantern to attach the fabric pennants. 
And on the smaller lantern, I used ribbon and made the pennants out of the Washi Tape. All I did was cut out little triangles with the tape and then hot glued the ribbon on and then stuck the tape pennants right under the ribbon. Kind of fun! 
Hannah is a very creative girl and she wanted to make something with her friends as a party activity.
We decided to make some Personalized Necklaces.
I found some metal round jewelry disks on clearance at my craft store for 90% off. I bought those and some brightly colored beads.
Then the girls cut out some scrapbook paper to fit in the metal round disks and I mod podged those onto the disks, covering the front of the paper too. While we let those dry, the girls strung up their beads and gorged on candy from the Candy Buffet.
After the mod podge had dried, they picked out their initial from some scrapbook letters, we attached them to the disks and then filled in the surface with Plaid’s Dimensional Magic. This is a great product to use instead of epoxy or resin which can take a long time to dry and is tricky to mix. Plus, the Dimesional Magic dries much quicker.
We let those dry. And Embellished some little mini lunch boxes that I also found on clearance. I matched the beads to the colors in the lunch boxes so each girl’s beads would match their lunch box. When the party was over we let the girls take the candy home from the Candy Buffet in their lunch boxes.
It was so fun to see her huge smile!! 

xoxo

Guest Project — 3 Tips to a More Organized Day {and organization giveaway}

26 Jan
I’m Jenny from the blog, Planner Perfect and am excited to be here on Tatertots and Jello! I’m a homeschooling mom of seven and love keeping my home and life organized.
I’d love to share 3 different things I do in my day that create amazing results! 
When applied, I am in a fabulous mood, have cleanliness, order, and spiritual and mental renewal. Planner Perfect is set-up to keep me on top of my game by harnessing these pinnacle epiphanies in the days when I need them. Written statements of intent create personal growth…and  I need to make these 3 disciplines, habitual…as I have the propensity for scratching my planned days to blog with my pajamas on ’till noon. Of course, I have regret once I look at the aftermath of my neglect… messy dishes scattered throughout the kitchen from children helping themselves to breakfast, Skillet, booming through speakers of an upstairs bedroom, and smaller children blissfully making snow angels out of packing peanuts on my living room floor.
Was pursuing my interests at the expense of chaos worth it? Hardly. No matter what keeps you off track… heed these disciplines and make them a habit because these are 3 habits all Planner Perfect women must keep!
Get up before your children. If I can get some coffee in my system before my 2-year tells me his plans for the morning–I’m starting off well. It is important for moms to have alone time and it is important to plan for it. Also, as you all know, being a mother means you need to always adjust, as things usually never go as planned. Have a plan B such as planning the time for yourself at night when children are asleep.
My initial plan is to have my devotions, look over my planner, and have some coffee in the morning before all seven children come down and hit the ground running. Get it written down, your statement of intent for the day…it’s what sets apart the truly organized and the, not-so-much…
Plan a morning routine and stick to it! Make breakfast, take out the clean dishes out of the dishwasher, and clean up breakfast dishes…don’t forget to recruit your children to help. The kitchen is the main hub of the house, keep this room functioning at it’s best and it will keep you feeling organized. Get dressed, make beds, and whatever else you want your family to get done in the morning. Make it a team effort and write these morning routines in your planner to show you’re serious. You’re half-way there when you write it down. Planner Perfect, harness life plans, beautifully and keeps you organized… it’s all in the details.  
Plan time in your day for your interests. Do you ever have that stressed out feeling in your busy days that you’ll never get to that project you’re working on? Feel that stress no more! When you plan your time slot for yourself…you know it is a saved slot just for you. Depending on where you put it in your day…you could plan to have it out at a coffee shop and arrange babysitting, you can dive in at home and have your kids watch their favorite movie (just make sure they don’t find a box of packing peanuts!), or wait until evening when they are in bed. Whatever energizes you, however you want to achieve it, you won’t be able to without a plan. Plan out in detail not just when in the day you’ll get it done, but how.
Do a quick pick-up of the house before bed. Ever wake up in the morning to a house that looks like you’ve thrown an all-nighter? I have, and it’s a nightmare. One hour before bed, recruit the kids to help, and get the main areas of your home picked up. Make this a habit and your morning just got better.
There you have it! 3 fundamental habits Planner Perfect women must keep.
With just these three…you will be set-up for success in your days.
You can do it! (me too!!)
I am trying to get more organized in 2011 — so this is great advice!! 
Jenny’s is a mom of SEVEN — and her blog has tons of great organizing ideas!! 
 Like: 
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https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/laundry.jpg?w=249
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/smowmen.jpg?w=281
 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_U7iMAqDejPQ/TTtTpC6Es_I/AAAAAAAABfc/dcSuzoEe9Sc/s1600/plannerperfect+011.jpg
 {Organizing your Tupperware}
Plus — Jenny has a food blog Planner Perfect Meals  — which is dedicated to the tricks and tips on creating homemade foods from scratch, simply.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_U7iMAqDejPQ/TRZlGDuStLI/AAAAAAAABUk/32DZumoxGAI/s1600/cheesecake.jpg
Jenny has also created — Planner Perfect, a planning system that helps people stay organized for life!

 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_U7iMAqDejPQ/TGAi8N5SA-I/AAAAAAAAA5o/GEgO3qUKiD0/s1600/pp+028.jpg
 http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_U7iMAqDejPQ/TOlXGyBDtfI/AAAAAAAABK8/LMtKCEwvtFU/s1600/ppm+024.jpg
And she has a great ebook which shows you how to make your own Planner Perfect system. 
Wow – she is a busy lady!!!
 Jenny is giving a FREE copy of her 
Planner Perfect ebook 
to one of you!!

e-book giveaway


Planner Perfect’s downloadable e-book will get you organized. I give tips from party planning, keeping your home clean, relationships, to utilizing you strengths and talents. Planner Perfect harnesses a life that lives to the fullest. Let Planner Perfect be a springboard for your aspirations and dreams.With over 40 beautiful pages, it is a complete guide that takes you step-by-step on how to become all God has designed you to be as well as complete instruction on how to create your very own Planner Perfect.

Learn how to become a master life planner with Planner Perfect’s downloadable e-book. Start today, to become all God created you to be and making your dreams a reality.

Here’s how YOU can win:
  • All you need to do is leave a comment with YOUR #1 Organizing Tip!! 
  • And if you want an extra entry, go over to Jenny’s blog, Planner Perfect and follow it or leave a comment!! 
xoxo
PSI’m off to Blissdom!! I’d love to meet you if you are going too!!

Guest Project — Make Simple Valentine’s Photo Art!!

21 Jan
Hello to everyone at Tatertots & Jello and happy Friday! 
I’m Nike (that’s Neeka) from Choose To Thrive.
 I’m thrilled to be sharing my 
Simple Valentine’s Photo Art tutorial!
Valentine’s Day at our house has been a family event ever since kiddo #5 arrived via an emergency c-section during what would have been our Valentine’s dinner. 
 So when I decided to make a photo display to celebrate this holiday, I not only thought about using pictures of me and my husband, but also to all of the people I love: 
… my children … in-laws … extended family.
And this project could be simpler ….
I began by inserting family pictures into a Word document and scaling them to the size I needed.
 
I then converted the image to black and white.
 
To add names, select Insert >Text Box>Simple Text Box. Make sure you select the No Fill and No Outline options so that your text will blend seamlessly over top of your pictures.
Select the font, color and size of your text and drag into position on your picture.
 Lather, rinse, repeat.
(To fill my large 22″ x 28″ frame, I used 58 1.5″ x 2.5″ pictures)
I printed out several sheets of pictures on cardstock and trimmed around each photo.
 For the display base, I removed the Declaration of Independence that was in the frame to start, hid it carefully from Ben Gates (ha!) and cut a piece of cardboard the same size…
… covered it with muslin and taped the raw edges to the back.
I arranged the pictures in a heart, attaching each one to the cardboard base with a photo tab.
 
To finish this project, the phrase “The greatest gift to LOVE and be loved in return” was cut from black and red vinyl on my Silhouette machine and applied to the glass.  
 
(I used the fonts JSL Ancient and Blackadder ITC which are free to download.)
A quick wipe down for finger prints and that’s it:
Easy, fast, done!
  
I love having this new reminder of how blessed I am to be loved by my amazing family.
Thank you again, Jen, for the chance to share my project with you and your readers.  Your projects and features have been the source of so much inspiration for me!
And now if you’ll please excuse me, I have a birthday party to plan for a very special little boy.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Wow – great tutorial, Nike!!  
Did you know that Nike challenged herself last year to craft without spending any money? Yes!! 
And it’s incredible the beautiful projects she created without spending anything!! 
This year she is challenging herself to make over her 1970’s home with a budget of nothing too!! I can’t wait to see what she does! 
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{ Ballard Design Knock Off Bulletin Boards out of old diaper boxes and VHS movies}
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{Ballard Design Knock Off Vase out of an old oatmeal container}
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{And old bottles into Fall Decor}
I am so excited to see what Nike does this year without spending anything!! 
Be sure to follow along too at Choose to Thrive!!
xoxo

 

PS — It’s Friday!! I can’t wait to see what YOU have been working on this week.
Come on over for the WWU Party tonight. The party starts at 6 PM {MST}!!!!

P
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Guest Project — Make Simple Valentine’s Photo Art!!

21 Jan
Hello to everyone at Tatertots & Jello and happy Friday! 
I’m Nike (that’s Neeka) from Choose To Thrive.
 I’m thrilled to be sharing my 
Simple Valentine’s Photo Art tutorial!
Valentine’s Day at our house has been a family event ever since kiddo #5 arrived via an emergency c-section during what would have been our Valentine’s dinner. 
 So when I decided to make a photo display to celebrate this holiday, I not only thought about using pictures of me and my husband, but also to all of the people I love: 
… my children … in-laws … extended family.
And this project could be simpler ….
I began by inserting family pictures into a Word document and scaling them to the size I needed.
 
I then converted the image to black and white.
 
To add names, select Insert >Text Box>Simple Text Box. Make sure you select the No Fill and No Outline options so that your text will blend seamlessly over top of your pictures.
Select the font, color and size of your text and drag into position on your picture.
 Lather, rinse, repeat.
(To fill my large 22″ x 28″ frame, I used 58 1.5″ x 2.5″ pictures)
I printed out several sheets of pictures on cardstock and trimmed around each photo.
 For the display base, I removed the Declaration of Independence that was in the frame to start, hid it carefully from Ben Gates (ha!) and cut a piece of cardboard the same size…
… covered it with muslin and taped the raw edges to the back.
I arranged the pictures in a heart, attaching each one to the cardboard base with a photo tab.
 
To finish this project, the phrase “The greatest gift to LOVE and be loved in return” was cut from black and red vinyl on my Silhouette machine and applied to the glass.  
 
(I used the fonts JSL Ancient and Blackadder ITC which are free to download.)
A quick wipe down for finger prints and that’s it:
Easy, fast, done!
  
I love having this new reminder of how blessed I am to be loved by my amazing family.
Thank you again, Jen, for the chance to share my project with you and your readers.  Your projects and features have been the source of so much inspiration for me!
And now if you’ll please excuse me, I have a birthday party to plan for a very special little boy.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Wow – great tutorial, Nike!!  
Did you know that Nike challenged herself last year to craft without spending any money? Yes!! 
And it’s incredible the beautiful projects she created without spending anything!! 
This year she is challenging herself to make over her 1970’s home with a budget of nothing too!! I can’t wait to see what she does! 
[bulletin.j4.jpg]
{ Ballard Design Knock Off Bulletin Boards out of old diaper boxes and VHS movies}
[planter.20[5].jpg]
{Ballard Design Knock Off Vase out of an old oatmeal container}
[btl.3[5].jpg]
{And old bottles into Fall Decor}
I am so excited to see what Nike does this year without spending anything!! 
Be sure to follow along too at Choose to Thrive!!
xoxo

 

PS — It’s Friday!! I can’t wait to see what YOU have been working on this week.
Come on over for the WWU Party tonight. The party starts at 6 PM {MST}!!!!

P
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