May 31, 2011

Monday Mash Up: Summer Lovin'

 I love the warm weather...
barbecues, swimming, playing outside.
And I love all of these items! 
The soft colors remind me of Summer!

Find these lovely items here:

More Monday Mash Ups here.

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May 28, 2011

Happy Long Weekend (and a discount)

 Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Be sure you are a fan on facebook
there may be a discount code 
for this weekend on there ;)

I hope you all enjoy your long weekend!


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May 27, 2011

Friday Freebie: Dinner Doodle Mats

 I think these are the best idea EVER!
Kiki Creates made these fun Dinner Doodle mats
for her kids to have something to do while waiting for dinner!

 Not only am I going to print these out to use at home
but imagine if they could make eating out a pleasant experience again...
OH THE IDEA OF EATING OUT PEACEFULLY
Instead of bribing my son to:
 sit down
 stop whining
 stop throwing food
 stop banging his silverware on the table
 stop putting his entire arm in his drink
stop making loud crazy noises
that make every patron of the restaurant think I am a bad mom with no control...
{is that just me??}

Download & Print for your sanity here!

In addition to printing these babies I will be playing in a memorial whiffle ball tournament this weekend! GO TEAM!

What are you up to this Holiday Weekend?

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May 26, 2011

Featured Shop: Pixelcloud & a Giveaway!

Meet Danielle, owner and designer of Pixel Cloud. Look how cute her family is, for real!---------->

Pixel Cloud makes "Cutesy prints for home and the kiddos." Let's take a look at some of those prints while we get to know more about Danielle!


I can’t live without: My computer.. lets just be real :)

My favorite Blogs are: 
 
How I like to Relax: kiddos in bed. chai latte. laptop 

My favorite Tv Shows/movies: The Office - nothing compares :)

 ABC's Print

My Hometown: Beautiful, Vancouver British Columbia

My favorite vacation was in: Maui.. Nothing beats the sun, surf, sand and my beautiful family

My guilty pleasure is: Reality TV



In one word I am: spunky


This is what makes me smile: My kiddos wrapping their arms around me whispering "Mommy, I love you!"

My Worst Habit: overworking

I want to learn to: take breaks

 xoxo Print

My favorite item I bought from another etsy shop is: my wooden chandelier

My advice to other Etsy Sellers: renew renew renew

I stay inspired by: blogs and tea :)

I just love getting to know the owners behind my favorite shops!  Thanks Danielle!

Read more great Shop Features here.

And because she is SUPER AWESOME she is Giving one of you a chance to win ANY PRINT in her shop!!

HERE IS HOW YOU ENTER:
{Mandatory entry} 
  1. Tell me something interesting you learned about Danielle in the mini-feature.
OPTIONAL Extra Entries:
Do any of the following & leave a SEPARATE comment for each one you do:
  • Add Pixel Cloud to your favorite Etsy Shops
  • Be a fan of jessicaNdesigns on Facebook
  • Share about this giveaway on facebook. (Link back to this page)


Giveaway entries must be received by June 2 @10pm EST
and winner will be announced on Friday 6/3!
Good Luck! 

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May 25, 2011

Super Cute Prints: Pixel Cloud Review!

Pixel Cloud is a fun shop full of super cute prints! 

Danielle sent me this super fun print:


It totally sums up how I actually feel on Monday!
I hang it above my computer to 
pump me up to face the dreaded Monday!

 She also sent me the adorable Let's Spoon print
I am going to hang it above my bed! :)

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the:

We'll get to know more about Danielle
& the super fun prints she makes too!
 
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May 24, 2011

Rock Your 'Stache: Cute Coffee Cozy

 My friend Aubrey, who made me this awesome bag
is selling these SUPER CUTE Coffee Cozy's on 
Groop Dealz today for only $7!!! WHOA!
I know, right?!
 
I got me one of the 'stache ones! 
Because who doesn't want to rock the 'stache while drinking their coffee?

Get yours here for only $7 today on Groop Dealz!

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Q&A: Things You Wanted to Know (Part 1)

I thought it would be fun to take some of your questions, so I opened it up for your questions on facebook and here are some of them along with my answers:

(Rozalynn Rowbury said: My sister and I just started a blog trulie-scrumptious.blogspot.com and would LOVE any tips or ideas you have on making such a fun/successful blog! Thanks!

Well, I started this blog (and my shop) kind of on a whim.  I wanted something to do creative-wise and actually was blogging at my first blog (a TWILIGHT blog that I no longer update....SO SORRY EDWARD, please forgive me...I still love you like WHOA)

When I started no one even followed me (except family members that I required to do so) for quite some time, and I didn't really even know what I wanted to blog about. 

I really started gaining followers fast this year when I really found who I "wanted to be" in the blogging world, which I think is key!  I kind of kept posting and posting (some really crappy posts mind you) until I found me and my voice & discovered what it was I actually wanted to be blogging about!


I also think it is very important to have a good looking blog. Paying a designer to make a blog design you love will pay off!  Think about it, if you come across something that is not appealing to the eye, do you even give it a second look? I know I don't.  If it doesn't look interesting, I don't think it will be interesting. That goes for anything, not just blogs.

Another thing I think is super important is connecting with other bloggers out there, leaving comments on other blogs (bloggers love comments from readers!), asking them questions, swapping blog posts or giveaways (readers love giveaways) joining in link parties and finding inspiration from others.  I have found that when you start commenting on other blogs and getting involved in the blogging community, they will come check you out and do the same! Then word starts spreading! It's a win win!

Happy Baby Designs asked: How about the juggling act between kids/blogging/working/cleaning, etc... How do you manage?

Oh my, sometimes I don't think I am managing!! I am married, mostly a stay at home mom, I work outside of the home on Friday's only, mostly to keep sanity and get out of the house (though Lucy does come with me.)

I have 3 kids, Brooklyn is almost 5, Lofton is 3 and Lucy is 4 months.  My house is in a constant state of disaster, there is always laundry in baskets waiting to be folded and put away, toys are literally everywhere and dinner usually consists of frozen something or another (I am ashamed)  But I love what I do, yes sometimes I am overwhelmed and have trouble asking for help (I am a bit of a control freak) but my husband is understanding, most of the time. Even he gets tired of fish sticks and mac and cheese at some point! LOL

My most recent To-Do list


I make a ton of to do lists and don't quite feel like I am ever caught up!!  I do feel like I am constantly in "go go go" mode! I do a lot of work during nap time and when my husband gets home he plays with the kids to allow me some time to finish up orders.  

Then at dinner time, I take a break and we just be a family. We usually do something outdoors, go on a walk, play in the yard, go to the park, work in the flower beds etc. and then always end the night with a movie of some sort all together on the couch! 

 Outside, collecting worms! 


 I also think it is very important to reward myself too, otherwise I get too stressed and overworked.  I like to have my coffee and blog time in the morning, then in the afternoon when the kids are asleep I have my second cup and work while watching a TV show I enjoy.  I also allow myself the occasional splurge for all my hard work. (My most recent purchase was this bag which I was able to pick my own fabric for!) 


(the first kind I made!)

Robin McCray said: I LOVE my stamped necklace my husband bought me for Valentine's Day. The two circles have our initials and the single platinum pearl represents our son. I wear it every day! How did you get into making stamped jewelry?


Natassia Butler asked: I guess this is kind of the same question, but how did you get started? And also what made you start your shop?

It was kind of a whim really (like most things in my life) I am always saying to myself "I could do that" most things I try and then forget, but when I wanted a handstamped necklace with my kids names a few years ago I decided that was one thing I could do myself! So I asked for the stamping tools for Christmas and my husband lovingly  bought me even though he gets tired of all my projects sometimes! 



I made a necklace for myself and soon family and friends wanted me to make them one.  One day I came across Etsy, I don't even remember how, and said to myself "I could do that" and opened up shop!


Stay tuned for Part 2 where I will answer more of your questions! 

Do you have a question for me?  
Leave it in the comments or email me!

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