i should be mopping the floor: March 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mop It Up Monday #61

Happy Easter, friends! 
Hope you're enjoying a lovely day full of the things you cherish most. I'd love to hear what you've been up to. It's been a busy weekend over here {with one sick kiddo, boo...but he's *hopefully* on the mend}. 

Here's what I've been up to over here this past week:
My Mega Swag Give Away is only on for a couple of more days! Be sure to register to win a big bundle of BLISS! It's filled with all the goodies showered on the Blissdom attendees. Would love to send it YOUR way!

Here's some of the awesome things now making my to-do list a little longer.
Feel free to grab a button if you were featured. 

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1. Potato Bites from M. Perfect Living 
2. Lion King Sandwich from Kiddie Foodies
3. DIY Sunburst Mirror from Second Chance to Dream
4. Oilcloth Lunch Bags from 627 Handworks


5. Spring Storage in the Home Office from Meeha Meeha
6. Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars from Inside BruCrew Life
7. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham from Chicky's Cafe & Bowtique
8. Cute Cute Apron ~ Free Sewing Pattern from Crystelle Boutique

9. Brown Butter Oatmeal Scottchies Muffins from Cooking to Perfection
10. Your Grandma's Dining Set Has Left the Building from Meesh U
11. Kid's Creative Center from Love Grows Wild
12. Overnight Cinnamon Rolls from Sara Live It Well

13. Classic Vanilla Cupcakes from Posed Perfection
14. Red Hot Chandelier from Let's Get Crafty  
15. Boxy Top DIY from Etcetorize
16. Honey Crackles from Butter with a Side of Bread

17. Old Toolbox to Art Caddy from Little Brags
18. House Rules Chalkboard from Shabby Girls
19. Barn Wood Sign from 2 Crafty 4 My Skirt
20. Baked Yeasts Doughnuts from Treat & Trick

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What have YOU been up to? It's time to get this week's links up and at 'em! 
Would love for you to link up your favorite project, recipe, tip or whatever. The more the merrier: link up as many posts as you like. Let's MOP UP SOME FUN!


Rules for the Par-Tay: 
1. Link back (button up or link in your own way!)
2. Visit other's links and leave some comment love.
3. Join us on Facebook:

{Not sure what a linky party is? It's a virtual party for bloggers to share their creativity with others out there. If you have any questions about what/how/why we linky, let me know and I'll do my best to give you a good answer.}

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Friday's Freebie: Spring Has Sprung Chalkboard Printable

I am {still} obsessed with a fun chalkboard printable. I was needing something to transition my decor out of Easter to just plain springy-goodness. This spring printable is perfect for the next few months. Time to BLOOM {and grow}!

This chalkboard printable is designed to be printed on a letter-sized paper and trimmed to 8x10 for framing purposes {or whatever else you'd like to use it for}.

Click on the image below to download. 
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Please and thank you.


Some of my other favorite printables include:










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A DIY #NinjaParty {or #NinjagoParty}

My youngest son is in love with the Lego series, Ninjago. When he asked for his sixth birthday party to be a Ninja themed birthday party, I was all over it. Here's some easy tips and tricks to do a budget-friendly, DIY Ninja birthday party that won't disappoint your little Spinjitsu master.

A Budget-friendly DIY Ninja party or #Ninjago party.
I love a good, home-based DIY birthday party. I did this one on a budget and without pulling my hair out over the details. I seriously did not sweat the small stuff {for, like, the first time ever}. I think the trick was keeping it super small and only inviting the besties.

Most of the ideas I implemented for this party were found on Pinterest from other bloggers. For the complete source list, see the bottom of this post.


PLEASE CLICK THROUGH TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST 
WITH FUN PARTY PICS! >>>

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mega Swag Give Away

Y'all, a week ago, I didn't know what swag was. And now, I'm loving the fun of it all. If you didn't make it to Blissdom this year, here's your chance to get all the goodies we were showered with. Vendors are crazy generous. We tried some AMAZING products and fell in love with them!


Included in this swag grab are: {my kids' FAVE} LOTS of GoGoSqueez Applesauces, Johnson & Johnson baby and kids' products, LOTS of Pedia Care {including a digital thermometer}, LOTS of Cutter's Skinsations Insect Repellent, VO5 Haircare items, Seattle's Best five-pack tasting kit, mini Duck tape, Martha Stewart flower collar for doggies from Petsmart, a red faux croc-skin handbag from Famous Footwear, insulated cup from the Suburgatory show, Carnival goodies {including beach towel} and more!

-- When I mentioned to vendors that I thought it would be fun to extend the swag to a reader, they were all over it. They sent all of these goodies just for YOU! Be sure to stop by their pages and say hi if you get a chance! :)

We'll be drawing on Tuesday, April 2nd. Enter below through Rafflecopter to win:








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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Six Easy Steps to Create a Blog #BusinessCard that Totally Rocks


Want to create a business card design that won't soon be forgotten? Here are six easy steps to ensure that your blog's business card will stand out from the pack. 

I just got in from the Blissdom conference yesterday...and I'm still spinning from the AMAZINGNESS of it all. One HUGE underlying aspect of any conference is the constant exchange of business cards. 

I want to point out what Scott Stratten told us in his opening keynote address..."you aren't there to collect, you're there to connect". There's definitely a fine etiquette balance to the business card exchange...and blog conference newbies like myself often teetered on the wrong side of that line. But, that's okay. It's a learning process. 

Not everyone wants your card. Did you really make a connection or do you just feel the need to get your card in their hand? 98% of those cards up there were indeed connections. A couple were just handed to me {and I did that once, too, and am quite embarrassed about it now}. 
These were my cards that I brought. I'm soooo wishing I could go back and have a bit of a do-over with the way I laid out the design on them. Yeah...they're fun and all. And the shape of them helped them stand out. And I got a lot of "oh...cuuuuute!" But, man, that ridiculously oversized QR code on the back is taking up serious real-estate that I should have used for more important things {more on that below}. Like, really. Sometimes I'm a bit form over function. It's been my achilles' heal for over ten years.  People who have worked with me are nodding at this in complete agreement. When will I learn?

To give credit where credit is due: my original idea for the square card came from my bloggy friend, Mandy, over at Sugar Bee Crafts. She has some AWESOME card tips, too!

That's a bunch of fabulous bloggers' cards right there. 
I made some amazing connections and lifelong friendships as well.

The three cards above nailed it. And I mean NAILED IT. It took both sides of the cards, but they brought it on home. They have {what I consider to be} the six things every well-designed business card really needs:

1. PHOTO
This seems so obvious, but I totally missed the boat on this one. I can glance at these cards and remember these ladies {poor Kim Janocko up there was cursed with the seat next to me at the "Rock Your Camera" session...she probably thinks I'm a complete moron...I didn't have a clue about the Nikon I've owned for almost four years now. Thanks for your grace and patience with me, Kim.} Having a photo on your card at these mega conferences is so helpful. The cards without photos {mine included here} make me really have to think about where I met the card owners at. Some I really don't remember as well since I can't place a name with who it belongs to. I am actually going through the cards and finding people's sites and then saying "ohhhh, yeah...that's who that is". But that's a lot of work {I'm certainly guilty of it, too}. Take the work out of it for your card recipient...put your photo on it so it's an instant "A-HA" moment when they're reviewing cards at the end of a conference. And try to be consistent and use the same photo everywhere {on your blog, on your card, on your Twitter, FB, etc.}.

2. BLOG NAME{S}. 
Again, another seemingly obvious one. But it's actually so easy to get caught up in the fun time of designing a card that you may forget your blog name. If you have more than one blog, list them. That's the main way to find you...your blog!

3. NAME OF AUTHOR. 
I have several cards that have a blog name, but not the name of the person who the card belonged to. It's not that big of a deal, but this is a personal connection that we're making. Matt Lauer doesn't just hand out "Today Show" cards {does someone that significant really need/have cards?}...no, he has "Today Show" cards that also say his name and info in the corner. It's a self-promotion thing, but so important. It's a connection we're making between people, not just companies.

4. BLURB ABOUT THE BLOG or AUTHOR:
What's your blog about? My tag line is "a creative lifestyle blog worth neglecting your chores for". It's a summation that I can throw on a business card or give in my "elevator schpeel" {the one where you have 10 seconds to tell the person next to you in the elevator what it is that you do...not always easy in our line of work...can I get an amen?}. Some blog names {mine included} don't make it blatantly obvious what the blog is about. "Fabulously Felula" is a presh name for a blog...but if it's a blog about homeschooling or fashion or whatevs, you're going to have to spell it out. And there's not a darn thing wrong with that. 

5. QR CODE
This isn't a requirement, but it sure is helpful. During breaks between sessions, I often went through and scanned QR codes on business cards to see those people's blogs. Sometimes I did it within moments of meeting someone and getting their card. And I certainly wasn't the only conference attendee doing it. A lot of cards are looked at so briefly and then put in a pile...if someone can instantly be taken to your site, give them the opportunity. And don't be like me and make yours enormous and obnoxious. It will still scan on a much smaller scale. What was I thinking? 
You can make your own free QR code at qrstuff.com

6. ALL SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES AND SITE LINKS {and email, too}. 
I failed miserably at this one. Miserably. I put my site and email on my card and thought..."they'll find me", {again, after some work of going to my site and locating my social media links, they will find me...but will they even take the time to do all of that before saying "to heck with it"?}. This morning, I've been going through cards and following people's twitter handles, etc. Which ones am I doing first? The ones who put it all on their card and made it super easy. I will certainly do the others...but it may be a while before I make the time to go to sites and find social media buttons to follow. And I was warned about this one, too...and I still did my own thing {seriously, sometimes I am just a stubborn mule}. Don't be like me. Don't make people work to follow you. A lot of those who had all of their handles on their cards made it easy to just instantly follow at the conference...I've been tweeting with some of them for several days now. I'm wondering how many friends I haven't interacted with yet since I didn't have my info on my card? Bleh.

The above were the super unique cards that really stood out to me. How fun are these? They each added elements to their cards to make them super memorable and way cool. 

From the bottom of my heart, I hope I didn't step on any toes with this post. I wanted it to be informative and helpful to those of you thinking about making cards for your site {especially if you're attending a conference in the near future}. As you can blatantly see, I followed about half of my own suggestions {if that}. This is just my lil' disclaimer to say I'm not trying to slam people who didn't do these things...I'm just trying to put out there what I looked for in a card. After three days of the conference, I realized the cards that really made a successful impact on me. 

Happy card making!



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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mop It Up Monday #60

This week I'm coming to you from B-E-A-U-TIFUL Dallas, Texas! I've just wrapped up an AHHHH-Mazing few days at Blissdom. My head is spinning with all of the incredibleness that I've learned at this conference {think trying to take a lil' sip of water from a gushing fire hydrant...information overload, but in a goooood way}.

I can't wait to do a {small} conference recap and tell you about the wonderful speakers, sessions, and most importantly, the friendships that were made. I love these peeps. Love

Be sure to stop back by on Wednesday for a super fun SWAG give away. I chatted with several of the Blissdom vendors and they gave me EXTRA swag for YOU. {To give you an idea of how much goodness I have to give away, it wouldn't all fit in the empty carry-on suitcase I brought with me. Ummmm. Yeah.} 

Recognize any of these fun friends? Loved running around with some of these girlies at the conference:

Jessica from Don't Mind the Mess, Allison from House of Hepworths, Mackenzie from Cheerios and Lattes
Jodi from Meaningful Mama, me, Jamie from C.R.A.F.T., Kelly from live.laugh.rowe and Taylor from Taylor Made


Because of all the conference craziness, we'll be having a very condensed version of our usual feature round up today...BOO. I really apologize...I've been *trying* to work on it and the hotel internet connection has been totally poopy for me, so I'm going to have to call it good with the following three FABULOUS ideas from last week's party.


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Would love for you to link up your favorite project, recipe, tip or whatever. The more the merrier: link up as many posts as you like. Let's MOP UP SOME FUN!


Rules for the Par-Tay: 
1. Link back (button up or link in your own way!)
2. Visit other's links and leave some comment love.
3. Join us on Facebook:

{Not sure what a linky party is? It's a virtual party for bloggers to share their creativity with others out there. If you have any questions about what/how/why we linky, let me know and I'll do my best to give you a good answer.}

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