Tuesday, September 17, 2019

5 FUNNY & UNUSUAL HALLOWEEN FINDS!

Just when you thought you'd seen it all when it comes to HALLOWEEN DECOR & MORE...you haven't...trust me!

I'm always amazed with how creative and crafty people can be when it comes to Halloween...and this year did not disappoint!

Here are some of my favorite FUNNY & UNUSUAL HALLOWEEN FINDS!
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1. Ok, I love these GHOST POOP TREAT BAGS for kids. These would be great as a giveaway for classmates during a Halloween party or something a teacher could give out as a good behavior award. Kids are sure to find them hilarious...because...well, POOP! And they are super simple, just grab some cellophane baggies, mini-marshmallows, print out the stickers and you've got a spooktacular treat!

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2. And if one Halloween Poop find wasn't enough...here's another one! Ever heard of HALLOWEEN EMBROIDERED TOILET PAPER? Neither had I, until I found this! This adorable Halloween-inspired design is sewn directly onto the toilet paper...but only on the first sheet of the roll, so it's usable! It comes packaged in a clear plastic bag tied with a cute bow, so it's perfect for gift-giving. This would make a great "gag" gift!

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3. This next find is guaranteed to turn heads...a "BOO BEES T-SHIRT" ...I mean, c'mon...that's funny! I honestly thought I'd heard of every bad boob pun known to man, then I saw this! Honestly, it's a HOOT...get it, a HOOT?! Ok, next...
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4. These candles remind me of PAC-MAN...super cute! I just love this design: "IF YOU'VE GOT IT, HAUNT IT" ...and there are so many more to choose from (some pretty racy ones too!) and that's not even the best part...you can select your own SCENT & SIZE! How cool is that? Love IT!!!

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5. Last, but certainly not least, a HALLOWEEN-INSPIRED BUBBLE BAR! What is a BUBBLE BAR you ask? (not gonna lie, I didn't know either)...Only one of the trendiest items on Etsy right now! Apparently when you crumble one of these adorable pumpkin shaped bubble bars under running water they create heaps of soft, creamy luxurious bubbles that leave your skin feeling silky smooth. And the beauty of these particular bars is that they are from a small batch shop in HAWAII...Aloha!!! And each bar is VEGAN, ORGANIC and sourced from companies that source ethically. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!

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So there you have it...5 of my FAVORITE & UNUSUAL Halloween finds. 
Hope you get the chance to try them out and if you do, please drop me a line and let me know what you think!
And check out my shop at Dream Designs Now on Etsy for other fun holiday ideas and inspiration!


Happy Halloween!

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Friday, August 23, 2019

MY LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH "TikTok" - no, not Ke$ha's song 🀣

Is it just me or is TikTok rivaling FORT NITE these days on the "WHAT'S DRIVING PARENTS MOST CRAZY" scale?!

UGH...it's non-stop!

I mean every time I look over at my passenger side my daughter is videotaping herself doing who knows what...to some crazy song or new parody for all the world to see in hopes that the video goes viral and she'll become TIK TOK FAMOUS...yes, sadly, that's a thing!

Here's me secretly recording her in the car doing a TikTok - lol! (and yes, if you are wondering, my car was in park!)





This is truly what's going on in my car EVERY. SINGLE. SECOND. OF. EVERY. SINGLE. CAR. RIDE...

And don't judge me...if you are reading this you know it happens in your car too...if not...stop reading.

Anyhoo...in an effort to NOT be "THAT MOM" who hates everything these young kids do these days (just typing those words make me feel ancient)...so in an effort to be "cool" and not "un-cool" I've asked to watch some of the videos to see what all the hype is about...

And honestly, as much as I hate how it consumes their every waking hour, some of these little skits are actually funny 🀣
For example...this is Baylie and Cat lip-syncing a scene from the Kardashians...


I know, I'm biased, but both of these girls seem to have some acting chops...or at least some great comedic timing πŸ˜‚.
(for more Baylie & Cat Shenanigans you can follow them on TikTok 
Baylie: @bayliebech
Catalina: @_ccatalinaa 
Oh yeah, Jake is on there too and some of his videos have had almost 20k likes - ha! 
Jake: @jake_bechtel40

I guess my point is...it's not ALL BAD, but as with everything in life, it's definitely something kids should do in moderation...and something parents need to check in on now and then...

If you want the whole backstory on TikTok...like if you're wondering "didn't this used to be Musical.ly?"...how does it work, who's behind it, how much money does it make???, etc...here's a good article that covers all you ever wanted to know.

I'd love to hear your thoughts...feel free to drop me a line or hey, your favorite TikTok...let's make it go VIRAL - LOL!


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Saturday, July 6, 2019

It's 2019...can we please stop shaming girls for being CONFIDENT?

Photo credit: Jerry Hughes Photography

It's 2019, right? Everyone is fighting for equality, right? Because truth be told, we are all HUMAN and we should ALL be EQUAL, right?

Apparently not everyone agrees...trust me, I know this doesn't come as a SHOCK to many of us...

I just heard something on the news along these lines that REALLY bothered me and I can't be the only one. 

A morning network news anchor was interviewing one of the members of the U.S. Women's Soccer team...
About midway through the interview she asks her about a "controversy" surrounding the team...

Apparently some people think the team is "TOO CONFIDENT" and displaying "UNSPORTSMANLIKE" behavior during the matches and while celebrating their victories…

So the newscaster asked her how she felt about that...

ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME? 
THEY ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD...THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE CONFIDENT...
WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THAT?

Has anyone ever asked Mike Trout, LeBron James, Tom Brady...if they thought they might be coming across as “TOO CONFIDENT” after a big win? SERIOUSLY??

NO, quite the opposite, they are IDOLIZED and CELEBRATED for their victories and their DOMINANCE of their opponents…
They worked hard to be the best in the world and they deserve the praise!

So why the double standard for female athletes?  

This is 2019 after all…Get with the program people…Equality should mean equality for ALL OF US! Girls included...EVERYONE included!

As moms we teach our children to be confident, but tell our girls not to come off as TOO CONFIDENT, for fear they might come across as mean, unkind or "bitchy"...

Well, you know what, I'm over it. 
I'm done being nice and telling my daughter to always be humble...

Don't get me wrong, I want her to be kind...ALWAYS...

But you know what, she's a BAD ASS and she needs to start sticking up for herself and always be CONFIDENT that she's just as good as anyone else...boy, girl...whatever...and never be afraid to be PROUD of every single one of her accomplishments and never be afraid to have a little swagger after reaching  her goals. 

I by no means want her to be arrogant...that's a disgusting trait in my opinion...

But never again will I tell my daughter to be CONFIDENT, but not "TOO CONFIDENT"...

This goes out to all the girls who set high goals, crush them and deserve to be recognized for their achievements without being afraid of what others might think...


CONFIDENCE IS A GOOD THING....A GREAT THING...AND WE SHOULD ALWAYS CELEBRATE GREATNESS!!! ❤️πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’ͺ🏼 #NOTSORRY #GIRLSAREBADASSESTOO #BECONFIDENT #GOALCRUSHERS #GoUSA #GIRLBOSS

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Ever heard of a PRINTABLE PARTY?

What in the world?

It's quite brilliant if you ask me.

Let me paint a picture:

You have a party coming up...you come up with all kinds of great ideas, you pick the perfect theme, plan to order a cake and decide on the coolest decor...

But then, you know, LIFE gets in the way and the next thing you know the party is TOMORROW...and you forgot EVERYTHING!!! 

PANIC MODE sets in...😬

We've all been there...

In the past, or the good ol' days as I sometimes refer to them, you were S.O.L. (I'm sure you can figure out what it means)

But luckily with today's technology, you can still pull off a really cool party in a pinch and on a BUDGET!

And it's as easy as ETSY!

What's ETSY you ask???

In a nutshell: It's an AMAZING online community of artists & super crafty people who create unique items you can buy online and download IMMEDIATELY!!! 🀯

IT IS...THE...BEST!!!

Say for instance you want to throw a theme party...say a PRINCESS PARTY or a DINOSAUR PARTY...simply search for your keyword 'PRINCESS' or 'DINOSAUR' and voila..you will find a TON of ideas, inspiration and most importantly PRINTABLES that you can download in seconds...

ANDDDD they are super affordable!

And if you didn't wait til the last minute because you are an overachiever/super mom...most of these items can be PERSONALIZED with names, dates, ages, photos, etc...let your imagination run wild!

Here's a look at what I'm talking about...click the links...
invitations 
* thank you cards
banners 
cupcake toppers 
treat toppers 
water bottle wraps
posters 
8x10 party signs 
favor tags 
stickers...

The best part: you can print most of this stuff at home (IF YOU NEED IT NOW!) or send the files to your local print shop (UPS, Staples, Office Depot) and next thing you know you look like MARTHA FREAKIN' STEWART! 

And there you go...now you've heard of a PRINTABLE PARTY!

Think of the possibilities: anniversaries, bridal or baby showers, bachelorette parties, sweet sixteen, 1st birthdays, graduation, weddings...any and every type of event/party/theme you can dream up!

It's truly a LIFESAVER!

Etsy is also a one-stop shop for one-of-a-kind gift ideas you won't find anywhere else: 


The Real Housewives of YOUR HOMETOWN


'You had me at Baseball' Mom Tee 
Custom Magazine Cover
Custom Garden Flags

So much fun stuff all in one place! 


So next time you are planning a party...make sure to check out Etsy and my shop DREAM DESIGNS NOW...so many great ideas in one place and perfect if you need something quick and budget-friendly! (ps...ask me if you'd like something custom, that's my specialty!)

Please feel free to share with a friend! 
Sharing is CARING :) 

BONUS: If you like FREEBIES (and who doesn't?), leave a comment below, let me know what think of the blog and I'll send you "THE ULTIMATE MOM'S TO-DO LIST" printable for FREE! It will help you keep track of everything on your to-do list and MORE! 😘 



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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019

πŸ’™3 AWESOME LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS FOR DAD!πŸ’™


Ok, so you've waited until the very last minute to go shopping for Father's Day or you are just plain ol' stumped on what to get the man who has everything...OR did you forget?

((Reminder: Father's Day is Sunday, June 16th!))

Trust me, you are not alone!

Being under a deadline to do anything can be stressful...

Especially when you are trying to pick the perfect gift...

SO. MUCH. PRESSURE!

Well, help has arrived!

Here are 3 AWESOME LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS FOR DAD that are easy, inexpensive (or free) and the BEST PART...dad is guaranteed to love them all!

Why?

Because they are ALL HOMEMADE which means they come from the πŸ’–HEART πŸ’–!

((BONUS: EVERY SINGLE GIFT CAN BE PRINTED AT HOME AND DOWNLOADED IMMEDIATELY...INSTANT GIFT = LESS WORK!))

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First up...this bright and colorful "SUPER DAD" banner.

Dad will feel super special waking up to this on Father's Day.

Plus, it's a super simple and fun project to do with the little ones.



                         CLICK -> PRINTABLE SUPER DAD BANNER

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DREAM DESIGNS NOW on ETSY

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Next, a classic...the "All about my Dad" gift. 

This is a great last-minute gift idea that can become an INSTANT KEEPSAKE...how great is that? 

It's one of those gifts that keeps on giving and you can look back on it year after year for some great laughs and cherished memories!


     CLICK -> PRINT "ALL ABOUT MY DAD"

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And last, but certainly not least...

Every dad wants to be rewarded for all of his hard work...

This printable "World's Best Dad" is just the thing! 

Dad will instantly know how much he is appreciated!



CLICK ->  PRINT "DAD AWARD"

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Hope this helps in your search for the perfect gift to make dad feel EXTRA SPECIAL this Father's Day!

Feel free to share with friends and for more FUN and UNIQUE gift ideas check out my Etsy Shop: DREAM DESIGNS NOW.  




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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Easy Easter DIY to spruce up your home!


If you're like me there's never enough time in the day to get your TO-DO LIST done!

That's especially true when a holiday is looming.

Take Easter for instance...there's a lot on the list:

1. Decide who's hosting Easter dinner
2. Pick the perfect Easter outfit
3. Buy Easter baskets
4. Decorate Easter eggs
5. Decide which Church service to attend
6. Hide Easter eggs and watch the kids have a fun time trying to hunt them all down!

So, in an effort to help lighten your load just a teensy bit, I created two adorable Easter downloads you can use to decorate your home!



Both are 8x10 and can be ready in a snap....AND THE BEST PART...THEY ARE FREE!

Here's what you do:
1. Download the file to your computer (see links below)
2. Print at home or send to Walgreens for 1 hour printing (they always have specials, so you can print an 8x10 for around $2)
3. Pop in any frame and you have a beautiful piece of art to decorate your own home or give as a gift to someone special this Easter
4. Feel free to share this post with friends and family

Hope you enjoy this fun Easter DIY!

And Happy Easter to you and yours!

CLICK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD BOTH PRINTS!

------->>> Easter Bunny Free Printable

------->>> Easter Bouquet Free Printable

PLEASE CHECK OUT MY ETSY SHOP FOR MORE GREAT IDEAS!

*FREE FOR PERSONAL USE

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Fun Easter DIY project...anyone can do it!


Hey every-bunny 🐰...Can you believe Easter is SUNDAY???

If you follow me you know I love to create fun, new stuff and when I created this adorable Easter Bunny printable I just fell in love!

And I knew you would too!

So why not share?!




Here's what you'll get, watermark will be removed

Click Here to Download FREE Bunny Printable
((IMPORTANT: This link will take you to a Google Drive file folder, once there click on the 'printer' icon, in the new window look for 'more settings', click on that drop down arrow and then click 'fit to page'...then hit 'print'...easy as pie!))

This can be used in all sorts of fun ways.

* DIY project with your kids...as you can see the bunny is missing a tail. All you need to do is pop on a cotton ball and there you go...you're very own 'Peter Cottontail' is born!

* Play pin the tail on the bunny at your Easter get-together.

* You can also print it on white card stock (or send it to Walgreens) and use it as a greeting card or place setting for Easter gatherings...

* Use as gift tags for friends, family, teachers, anyone really...just print, cut apart, use a hole punch and tie them to any sweet gift with some ribbon.

* The possibilities are endless with a little imagination!

Enjoy...and please share with a friend or two...the more the merrier!

For more fun ideas check out my Etsy Shop: Dream Designs Now. You can also follow on Facebook at Facebook Dream Designs Now.

BONUS: MORE FREEBIES!!! If you leave a comment below and your name & email in the upper right-hand corner of the blog I will also include this adorable 5x7 download print via email...it makes a great gift or welcome sign...just pop it in a frame and you are good to go!!!  (watermark will be removed).


ps...I also do custom designs....just ask...I can design anything you can dream up!



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Monday, March 4, 2019

Why I took a break from blogging...EXCITING NEWS!!!



I don't know about you but I CAN NOT believe it's already March 2019...first of all, how can we already be 3 months into the new year and seriously how in the heck is it almost TWO THOUSAND TWENTY???

It truly seems crazy to me to even say that.

Lord, do I feel ancient...I mean I was born WAY BACK IN THE 1970s...it sounds like the dark ages for goodness sake! And my kids are happy to remind me of that whenever given the chance! (My achy bones remind me daily as well!)

Time is truly flying by, sometimes at what seems like warp speed, especially now that my kids are getting older (Jake is going to his HIGH SCHOOL orientation this week and Baylie will turn 12 in a few days...wow, just wow!)

WHAT IS GOING ON??? I swear it seems like yesterday we were having playdates with friends at the park, now they go to the park ALL BY THEMSELVES πŸ₯Ί...

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the alone time, but the sad reality is that my alone time is just going to start increasing exponentially over the next few years until one day I will I open my eyes and poof, they'll be gone...

UGHHH...ok, that's too much to think about right now...baby steps...

So my point is this...now that my kids are getting older and more independent it's time for mommy to find herself again...find a purpose and a passion!

As some of you might already know, I've been craving a creative outlet for a long time now. Hence, the reason for this blog. And yes, I know I've been on a long break, but I REALLY need to be inspired to write...I need something to spark my creative juices...something to really light a fire under my butt...something big enough to fill the void that's been growing inside of me since leaving my full-time job many years ago at FOX 13 to start a family.

I have always had a passion for creating things...back in my 20s it was a newscast, a show, a well-written script to tease a story, evoke emotion or to simply retell the day's news.

In my 30s and 40s, my attention turned to volunteer work....the PTA, the YMCA Advisory Board and charity events to raise money for the community and less fortunate children...things that filled my days and more importantly work that filled my heart.

But I craved something new...a new challenge, a new passion...a new outlet for my creativity...

And I'm so very happy to say that I have finally found what I've been looking for...

Introducing my new side *hustle* if you will:



Click here---->>> DREAM DESIGNS NOW to check it out!

Your one stop shop for creative digital designs and products...

My motto: "If you can dream it, we can design it!" ((ha, "we"...it's really only me (for now), but saying "I" sounded so lonely - lol!)...

If you're looking for a custom design, I can do it!!!

I'm in the very beginning stages, but I'm excited about the possibilities! I have so many ideas and I wake up every morning with a renewed passion to CREATE!

Please follow me on DREAM DESIGNS ON FACEBOOK and DREAM DESIGNS INSTAGRAM for the very first look at my latest creations. And I'd really appreciate it if you'd tell a friend!

Thanks for taking the time to read this and if you'd like you can leave a comment below...I'd love to hear about something that inspired you!

ps...if you drop your email in the upper right hand corner of this post I will send you a free printable in the mail, something fun for the kids!


*HUSTLE: "To have the courage, confidence, self-belief and self-determination to go out there and work it out until you find the opportunities you want in life."


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