Cricut Explore Giveaway!

Hey friends! I'm super excited to be giving away a cricut explore! I started using mine a few weeks ago and its an awesome machine, a perfect tool for the crafter in all of us! Because I'm in the Cricut design space star challenge they were awesome to give my team a machine to giveaway! So please enter by following all these awesome ladies, you'll get tons of inspiration to create all kinds of things!


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KC Finds Friday: Bluestem

My birthday was last week and to celebrate we dined at one of our favorite restaurants in Kansas City, Bluestem.  It's one of those spots that only the adventurous foodie dines, where you choose a 3,5 or 10 course meal and where you probably can't pronounce at least 3-5 ingredients on the menu. We love restaurants that serve an amuse bouche (a bite sized appetizer that the chef chooses) at the beginning of the meal and extra little "tastes" throughout the meal.  We have eaten at Bluestem for other special occasions but the light was never good enough to take great photos, However they just completed an 8 week interior makeover on the place and it looks fabulous and much brighter so I was excited to take photos to share with you all. 


Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Caramel and Apple might be the perfect combination.  I'm excited for fall to be here and this pie just tastes like fall in your mouth.  It's the best apple pie I've ever had, promise! With this recipe you can make 1 normal size pie or 12 mini pies like I did.  So go ahead and welcome fall, you know you want a big bite of caramel apple pie pronto.  I don't know why I put off making pies for so long, I would make cobblers and cakes but not pies and let me tell you they are SO easy.  The only thing that makes this recipe time consuming is making the caramel sauce, which is delicious, but pie filling is a synch to whip up. I see lots of pies in my future.  


Birthday Bash Giveaway

Hey friends I've got a fun post for you today! I'm teaming up with a lot of other bloggers to celebrate a fellow bloggers birthday, Abby at The Cards We Drew ! She wanted to celebrate her birthday by throwing a huge birthday givewaway! We've rounded up a great group of bloggers and vendors to throw the ultimate birthday bash and party like it's YOUR birthday! We're giving away over $950 worth of prizes for three lucky winner (U.S. residents only--sorry). You can enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below, but first check out the great prizes and bloggers involved and please be sure to read the fine print!

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Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta, the perfect way to enjoy summer's bounty. HandmadeintheHeartland.com

Tomatoes are still ripe and delicious here in Missouri! Last week I had a party and served some delicious heirloom tomato bruschetta.  I picked these gorgeous tomatoes up at the farmer market, always a fun shopping experience.  The Kansas City city market is one of my favorite places here, on the weekend during spring, summer, and fall its full of local farmer selling delicious and beautiful produce and other vendors selling homemade cookies, fudge and art.  This bruschetta is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer, its only a few simple ingredients and tastes delicious!


BritKit Embroidered Watch Craft Party!

Have you checked out Brit + Co yet? Its this awesome diy + tech + food website that will totally suck your time away as you look through all the awesome articles.  Brit + Co creates these fun BritKits, a craft project in a box that contains everything you need to do complete it.  Its super fun especially for those who are lost by all the choices in a craft store! Well Brit + Co was so kind and sent me kits to host a britkit party and we had a blast! The most current Britkit is an embroidered watch and its super cool.  There are two different Timex watches to choose from- lime green or bright orange and then in the kit is embroidery needles and embroidery thread.  The people over at Brit + Co have amazing taste so you know that what ever is in the BritKit is going to be cool. I thought the color combinations they put together with the thread were perfect. 


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My Health Goals: now made public!

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My Healthy Goals #BalanceRewards #cbias
Walgreens App on the iPhone- Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices

I've never really used this blog as a forum for being accountable on my personal health goals but today I'm starting.  First of all can we just talk about for a second how different your body is after having a baby?! I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted, go to the gym here and there and maintain within 5 pounds of my ideal weight, gone are those days, gone I tell you! After baby number 2 it seems that my body just wants to stay stuck at about 10lbs heavier than what I used to be and ideally want to be.  It is super frustrating and to add salt to the wound I'll get back down by eating good food and exercising only to go right back up on the scale just weeks after if I can't make it to the gym consistently or I start to slide on what I eat.  Its kind of like I have to be constantly making healthy choices or I pay for it.  Is this adulthood? Because if so I want to go back to teen-dom! (I mean not really, but can my body please?!) Obviously I need some accountability and I don't think I'm alone, Walgreens frequent shopper program- Balance Rewards- now has a healthy choices feature that helps you track your health activity and then rewards you for it! So if you weren't motivated enough by the pants that now make you have a severe muffin top, earning real rewards at Walgreens should help you out. :)


Ombre Lace Ruffle Skirt with Cricut!

I'm so excited to show you this ombre lace ruffle skirt.  It's been a while since I actually made some clothing and I kind of forget how much I love clothing design! I was asked to participate in the Cricut Design Space Star Challenge and the category for this month was fashion/gear.  I love when I have ideas right off the bat and I pretty much knew exactly what I wanted to make as soon as I got the email. I was even more thrilled that it turned out just as I had imagined thanks to the cricut explore machine which I received complementary for participating in the competition (awesome blogger perk!). The Cricut competition put designers in teams of 10, which is another fun aspect of the competition, see all the lovely ladies that I'm with below!

Keep reading to see how I made my skirt and all the projets from team 11!

The Great American Barbeque

Welcome to the Great American Barbecue, a tour across blogland with everything you need to make a perfect gathering around the grill!The Great American Barbecue - Everything You Need from Drinks to Dessert for the Perfect BBQ

I love a great party and what makes a party great? Good friends and of course good food! This is a fun virtual potluck with fabulous tried and true recipes by great bloggers to help you have the perfect gathering around the grill.  We've taken all the work out of planning the Great American Barbecue for you and your friends including drinks, appetizers, meats to grill, side dishes and desserts. Each blogger has a different recipe to share, just like at a really gathering. We even included an easy DIY utensil caddy and a fun outdoor activity for the kids. If that's not enough, we're also giving away a $130 Amazon Gift Card at the end of the party so one lucky winner can buy any remaining supplies he or she needs to throw the perfect backyard bash! So get ready to click and pin away to save all these awesome dishes for your next backyard party.


Dark Chocolate Recipes: Homemade Granola Bars with Chocolate Cranberries

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Dark Chocolate Recipes: Homemade Granola Bars with Chocolate Cranberries #lovedovefruits #cbias #shop

I love chocolate, I'm pretty sure you do too.  I mean really how many recipes are there on pinterest with the main ingredient as chocolate?! I personally love to have a little stash in my pantry for when my kids are driving me nuts.  I go hide in the pantry and take a little moment to enjoy something dark and sweet and then come back out a little more ready to tackle the screaming/mess/disobedience, you get it, how many of you do it too? Well Dove's newest creation- whole dried cranberries dipped in dark chocolate are perfect to snack on and recharge yourself or to use in dark chocolate recipes.  You can buy them at Sam's club, which means its a super large bag as is everything there, so you have plenty to share (if you dare) eat in your pantry and make the above delicious homemade granola bars with chocolate cranberries. 

Starting Preschool with Del Monte FruitBurst

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Back to School with Del Monte

Can you believe this kid is 3 and a half? Time goes so much faster when you are a parent than when you are a kid, am I right?! On September 4th he will head to his first day of school ever, a preschool two days a week.  I am kind of beyond excited to have some time with only one kid.  I just keep thinking about how much work I can get done! However part of me is nervous about him and how he will adjust,  he does great at the childcare at the gym but he knows that I'm in the building.  Lately he seems to all of the sudden be more whiney and a little bit more clingy- I thought we had moved past that?! All I know is that kids keep you on your toes and are totally unpredictable most of the time.  For preschool he will come home to eat lunch but we will send snacks, I love individually packaged snacks that are easy for the teacher to distribute and I love snacks that are not full of sugar! Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers are perfect for snacks at preschool or to pack in your kids school lunch, they have fruits and vegetables! 


DIY Inspired & Features!

Hey friends if you didn't notice its been a sloooooow week around here, mostly because i've been so busy offline making lots of awesome things to show you, so get ready cause next week will be full of awesome recipes and fun surprises! In the meantime here are some awesome posts that were linked up last week and the link party for this week! yay!