It’s My Birthday, and I’m Giving One of You a Shabby Apple Dress!

Today is my birthday!  And surprisingly, I’m not depressed about it at all.  In fact, I pretty much love my life right now!  There’s always some new adventure around the corner, my husband is the best, my kids are amazing, and I feel like I’m finally kind of coming into my own.  So, I’m feeling pretty good about the year ahead.  So good in fact, that I’m going to give one of you a present for my birthday!  Well, Shabby Apple is. :)

You probably know Shabby Apple already, but just incase you don’t, please allow me to introduce you!  Shabby Apple is the place for beautiful dresses, skirts, and tops inspired by timeless vintage clothing designs.  No matter what you’re favorite style is, I bet you’ll find something that you love, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the prices too!

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I’ve been scouring the website trying to pick a dress for you, and I think I’ve finally decided on this lovely dress called The Heart of Me dress.  Not only is it a beautiful summery floral print, but it’s the type of dress that will flatter any figure.  The v-neck is always pretty, and the faux wrap shirt dress style is attractive on every figure.  The skirt is inset with pleats and fully lined.  I just think it looks like a great dress for the summer, don’t you?

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So celebrate with me today!  Have some ice cream or treat yourself to a little bit of “me” time.  I’ll be hanging out with my family today.  We’ll be doing something fun!  You can tag along by checking in on Instagram, where I’ll be posting throughout the day.  In the meantime, use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the Shabby Apple giveaway.  Good luck!

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Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids Giveaway!

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I know that those of you who have kids are always looking for fun projects to do with them.  I know this because I am!  I love to find new and fun projects that I think the kids would love, and when I find them in a beautifully photographed book such as Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids, then I’m that much happier.  This colorful book has 175 projects that are geared just for kids…


That’s a lot of projects!  And each one is sure to engage your children and create a wonderful opportunity for you to spend quality time with them.  My kids and I were really excited when our book arrived in the mail.  We started flipping through it and bookmarking the projects that we wanted to be sure to come back to.  One of them was the Monster Salt Crystals.

The boys love science experiments and thought that these crystals looked pretty cool.  I myself, have never tried growing crystals before, and we had all of the supplies on hand, so we decided to try it today.  Look at the lovely photographs from the book…

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Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts For Kids || http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com

So we made our salt solution, tied our washer to the string and tied the string to our pencil.  The washer keeps the string straight so that the crystals can collect on it as the water evaporates.  We can’t wait to see what happens!

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Martha Stewart and her team have done a wonderful job of putting together a resource for parents and their children that can be used for a long long time.  With 175 projects, you’d be hard pressed to be at a loss for a fun project to do this summer, or any time of the year!  Check out the  new crafts for kids video collection too.  You can watch the Monster Salt Crystals experiment in action as well as other videos of projects from the book.  It’s a lot of fun!

How about a giveaway?  
I’m giving away a copy of the book, Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids as well as some fun surprises from the Martha Stewart Crafts Collection!  Isn’t that so much fun?

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carlymegan on Etsy…for Your Little Fashionista.

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CARLYMEGAN on Etsy almost makes me wish that I was having another baby…almost.  Thank goodness my sister is pregnant and will be fulfilling my baby-holding cravings come November, LOL!  I started following Carly on Instagram awhile back when I saw a giveaway connected with her shop.  She was giving away an adorable women’s t-shirt that I pretty much loved instantly.  I started following her feed and realized that the bulk of her business is baby things… more specifically, these amazing organic baby leggings and organic baby blankets with fun and modern prints.

Aren’t you just dying over these antler leggings?  

Not to mention the cute little model-oh my goodness!

Carly makes everything in her shop by hand in her workroom, and she’s just as sweet as can be.  She was nice enough to send me my very own Glasses T-Shirt, even though I didn’t win that giveaway I was talking about!  Let me tell you what, that t-shirt is getting some wear this summer…

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How about a little giveaway?

Want to win one of these cute Glasses T-shirts for yourself?  

The winner will get a handmade Glasses T just like mine, in the size of their choosing!

Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below…

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