i should be mopping the floor: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pin It to Win It with Havertys

Havertys has a treat for all of us! You could win a $500 Havertys Shopping Spree with this fabulous Pin It to Win It Contest! Details below. #HavertysRefresh




You guys. I got LOST in the Havertys site looking at all of the beautiful pieces they have. Just check out my Pinterest board above! They're all PERFECT to refresh my home this spring. And guess what? Havertys is giving us all a chance to win a shopping spree on them! 


Here's how it works:
1. Follow Havertys on Pinterest {click here for that}.
2. Create a Pinterest board titled "Havertys Spring Refresh".
3. Let us see how YOU refresh your space for spring! Pin at least five inspiring images from the Havertys site to your board, using the hashtag #HavertysRefresh. You can find the Havertys site here.
4. Want an even better chance? Tweet a link to your board to @Havertys with the hashtag #HavertysRefresh.
Good Luck! I can't wait to see what you pin...there's so much eye candy on their site!

Want a chance to win a $500 Havertys Gift Card? Click here to learn how to enter!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.











Neglect your chores like me and don't miss a thing:




Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shirley Temple Poke Cake

This Shirley Temple Poke Cake Recipe has all of the flavors of
the classic Shirley Temple drink...in a moist and delicious cake.

When I was a kid, going out to dinner was always a special occasion. And ordering a fancy drink made the meal even more fun! From about the age of three on up, I would always order a Shirley Temple drink. And you guys, to this day, I sometimes still order these as a treat. They're a bit of nostalgic taste that just take me back. The original version is a sweet concoction of 7 Up, Grenadine and Cherries. Sometimes Ginger Ale is used as well. The entire thing is just so yummy and the perfect drink for a kiddo.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Inspiration Monday | Mixer Giveaways

It's an end of the month #InspirationMonday party...you know what that means! We have a guest hostess AND a BIG giveaway! We're so happy you are joining us today.
This week, your links are seen simultaneously on all SIX blogs at the same time, all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.

And if you're linking up via our guest hostess, Pink Polka Dot Creations, WELCOME! And of course a big HELLO to all of our regular party friends, too! We just love you to pieces.




We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.
To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. 
Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:
I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Redhead Can DecoratetwelveOeight | Your Homebased Mom
and special guest hostess, Pink Polka Dot Creations

Let's get started with our fantastic giveaway brought to you by Hamilton Beach!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Mother's Day $300 Amazon Card Giveaway

Today we're got a fantastic giveaway for a $300 Amazon card.
Perfect for Mother's Day gifts...or just ANYTHING!


What are YOU dreaming of for Mother's Day?  Stuff that pampers? Maybe a fancy new mixer? Enter this fun and easy giveaway to win $300 big ones to spend at Amazon on whatever your heart desires! It's the perfect gift.

Excited to team up with some of my FAVORITE bloggers to bring you this fun giveaway. Enter through the Rafflecopter below {you may need to give it a minute to pop up












Neglect your chores like me and don't miss a thing:




Friday, April 25, 2014

Last Day of School Free Printables

These Last Day of School Free Printables are perfect to close out the year.
They also coordinate with my First Day of School Free Printables, so you can having comparison pics of your student from the beginning to end of the year!

Can you believe it's almost the end of the school year? Wha?!?
Download your free printable below for the big hurrah!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rustic Mother's Day Brunch Ideas

Today's post is brought to you by Uncommon Goods.
All opinions and ideas are my own.

I put together a Rustic Mother's Day Brunch and am giving you the step-by-step process to create one, too. It's the perfect way to make mom feel special {and maybe even a little fancy} on Mother's Day.
What mom wouldn't LOVE to find this spread waiting for her on Mother's Day? And with just a few tricks, it's not difficult to put together. Check it out below>>>

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paver Project Planning

We've already dubbed this summer the "year of the yard". We have a list of projects to work on, including this paver project below that we're in the planning stages of.
I've worked so hard on the inside of the house for the past few years, that the outside is feeling very left out. One area that we are realizing needs immediate attention is our small side yard. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaway

Our Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaways are 
the perfect chance to win one or 19 fun-filled baskets!

It's almost the time to show the moms how much we love 'em! Wouldn't your mom {or you} enjoy a little extra something this Mother's Day? Enter below to win my gift basket. And be sure to hop through the links and enter the giveaways for 18 of my fellow bloggers!

Inspiration Monday

Happy Easter and welcome to the Inspiration Monday Party!
Thank you SO much for joining us every week- You continue to INSPIRE us!! When you link your project here, it is displayed simultaneously on all FIVE blogs at the same time, all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.  
Be sure and follow all of us on Social Media as we love to share and promote your posts there too.
*Are you following our Inspiration Monday Pinterest board?
If you are, you probably got a sneak peek at our favorites for the week:  
Paint, Sew & DIY Your Home Ideas!! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Free Printable Kids' Road Trip Activities

These free printable kids' road trip activities are 
the perfect way to entertain your kiddos in the car on long trips.

I originally created these printables about a year ago. I had personalized them for some friends of ours that were moving away. They were headed out on a cross-country drive with two kiddos. I came across them the other day and thought you all might enjoy them, too! Sometimes it's nice to put away all of the devices and just enjoy each other in the car...these activities make it super fun! Download below>>>

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chest of Drawers Makeover and Tutorial

This Chest of Drawers Makeover and Tutorial is another special one to me.
This piece belonged to my maternal great grandmother.
If you follow this blog regularly, you've probably come to the conclusion that she had an extensive amount of wooden furniture...a woman after my own heart!

So, this fun piece showed up at my house via one of my brothers about a year and a half ago. My house is where many family furniture pieces come to their final resting place...and then I do my best to resurrect them. And then keep them for myself...forever {twirls fictitious evil mustache}.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Make Ahead and Freeze Lunchbox Ideas

Thanks so much to Robinsons Fruitshoot for sponsoring today's post. 
We've got some great make ahead and freeze lunch box ideas...and yummy drinks to keep your kids hydrated and fueled for a busy afternoon!


I'm about to be out of town for nearly a week...which means Dad will be taking over lunch duties. To ensure that the kids don't end up buying their lunches every single day, I spent a little time last weekend preparing some freezer items that can easily be popped into lunches without any fuss. And, we've stocked up on our Fruit Shoot juices since the boys have grown to love those things!

Check out all of the ideas below>>>

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Greek Yogurt and Carrot Muffins

These Greek Yogurt and Carrot Muffins are the perfect freezer-friendly lunch box treat {for kids and grown ups!}. And, they're only 3 Weight Watchers Points Plus!

I love a good freezer muffin. I make a few batches on a Saturday, stick them in the freezer and then grab them for my boys' lunch boxes for a few weeks. It's such a time-saver! And these carrot ones are packed with protein from the Greek yogurt. Check out the recipe below>>>

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Inspiration Monday

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party!
Thank you for being here and for sharing all of your talents with us.
You continue to inspire us every week!
When you link your project here, it is displayed simultaneously on all FIVE blogs at the same time, all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.
 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hey, Y'all! Free Printable

This simple and southern, "Hey, Y'all" free printable is
a popular greeting where I'm from.

Hey Y'all! Free Printable | 8x10 | Instant Download
I appreciate that y'all let me get my southern on sometimes. It's just in me. And this simple little printable just pulls at my heart. Everyone...and I mean everyone around here wouldn't think twice about hearing a good ol' "hey, y'all"! And often, that "hey" can be drug out into more than one syllable. True story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

White Chocolate Cherry Hello Dollies

These White Chocolate Cherry Hello Dollies
take the traditional bar cookie to an entirely new level.

If you were around these parts a few of weeks ago, you've probably figured out I'm on a bit of a Hello Dolly kick. I shared my mom's original Hello Dolly recipe with you here. And today, I've mixed it up and swapped out the original chocolate and butterscotch with white chocolate and dried cherries. INSANE! They're so gooooood, you guys. The tartness of the cherries pairs so nicely with the smooth white chocolate flavor. Bar perfection.

And...cherries ALWAYS make me think of springtime. I'm going to will it here if it's the last thing I do!

Check the yumminess out>>>

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Bunny Craft Ideas

These Easter Bunny Craft Ideas are perfect to 
add a little 'hippity-hoppity' to your decor!

This week's Inspiration Monday party was full of so many fun BUNNIES! I just want to make so many of these cute crafts! Check them out below>>>

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

The post is brought to you by Wilton Armetale. I was compensated in product. 
All opinions are my own...I keep it real! :)

It's not Easter in our family without deviled eggs!
These Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs are a delicious twist on the classic.

I'm not going to lie. I blew through some serious Weight Watchers' points taste-testing these...they're irresistible! The addition of cheese and roasted red peppers make these so much fun. They definitely have the taste of each: pimento cheese and deviled eggs. And isn't my new egg tray so fun? It's from Wilton Armetale and I just LOVED using it for this recipe. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Inspiration Monday | Inspired by Spring Favorites

Welcome to Inspiration Monday!
We’re so happy you are joining us today. This week, your links are seen simultaneously on five blogs at the same time, all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.
Be sure and follow all of us on Social Media
 as we love to share and promote your posts there too!
It is so fun to look through the links every week and seeing all the creativity!
Are you following our Inspiration Monday Pinterest board?
(If you are, you probably got a sneak peek at our favorites for the week.)
Now for our super fun and springy features>>>

Friday, April 4, 2014

Not All Who Wander Are Lost Free Printable

I'm super excited to share with you this new fun and carefree design:
Not All Wander are Lost Free Printable.

I thought it would be fun to put my own spin on a super popular saying {or mindset?} right now. I was inspired by a fun girls' trip down to Round Top, Texas for some serious junkin' and fun. My friend, Amy, and I tore it up from sun up to sun down on Wednesday down in flea market heaven. It was a BLAST! I can't wait to share some photos and finds from our trip next week on here. But first, download this free printable below.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Updating an Exterior Door

Our new green front door just makes me smile!
Below are a few tips I picked up on Updating an Exterior Door.

I've been excited to show you guys our new front door! In a couple of weeks, I'll be posting about our spring front porch in its entirety...but I just couldn't wait to show you all some {close up} door photos below!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How to Plant a Birdcage

Hi everyone, it's Rita from Pink Polka Dot Creations!

Today I am here with a really fun project for spring. I am going to show you how to plant a birdcage!  I love to plant pots and planters and I look for fun unique planters all year long.  This birdcage is just from Michael's so it was an easy find, but you can use old buckets, watering cans, old coal buckets, or just about anything that will hold dirt!  You just have be sure there are holes in the bottom for the drainage.  So rusted out buckets are great! :)
All of the plants that I used in this planter are perennials, so they are really okay for me to put this outside, here in Utah!  If you are using annuals, you will want to keep your planter indoors until the weather is warm all of the time, unless of course, you already live where it is warm!
How to Plant a Bird Cage: Detailed tutorial on creating this fun piece for your yard!
To create a beautiful pot or planter, you will need at least 3 different plants.  Check out the tutorial below>>>

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Energy Bites


These simple no-bake Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Energy Bites are easy to whip up for a fun snack...with no guilt!

I made these on a whim recently, when I was working on my kids' lunches for the week. I needed something that didn't have to sit overnight {like many bars of this variety} and would be ready instantly. This is how it all went down>>>