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22nd Jul2014

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

by Dinah Wulf

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

Disclosure: Thank you to Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto for sponsoring this trip and post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Where do I begin? I attempted to summarize four fun-filled days and three nights about my trip to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto in one blog post.  It didn’t quite work out. So I ended up writing several including 1) our boat tour, 2) diving for clams, 3) our morning hike, 4) my tips for paddle boarding, and even 5) how I learned how to make a beautiful sun-shaped garnish on the beach while sipping on some fresh cucumber lime margaritas. Oh! I even shared 6) How I wrapped my souvenirs in toilet paper rolls!

There is still so much more to share, so I summed it up as best as I could in a three minute video. In it, you will see photos of our entire trip including my gorgeous suite, all the adventures I mentioned above, and all the gourmet food we ate.

Enjoy!

ABOUT VILLA DEL PALMAR AT THE ISLANDS OF LORETO (Press Release)

Villa del Palmar Loreto Mexico

Baja’s First Million Star Resort

Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto is a self-contained destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). It features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one, two and three bedroom Suites with balcony or terrace, stunning ocean views, mountain views, outstanding restaurants, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square feet Spa, two tennis courts, beautiful beaches and a mild and warm climate year-round.  The New York Times lists Loreto in its Top Ten Places to go in 2011. The travel article featuring The Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico ranked first among readers.

Guests can enjoy scuba and snorkeling tours in the protected Marine Park within the five prominent Loreto Islands, horseback riding, swimming, world-class fishing (catch a Dorado and bring it home to have a Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto chef prepare it for you), paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking.  With complimentary shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous.  The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children. 

More about my adventures in Loreto, Mexico:

28th Apr2014

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Craft Kits

This post, Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

I have bought Tic Tacs ever since I can remember. I recall being so excited to try them when they came out with the orange flavor years ago.  Today, there are a variety of flavors and colors like dark strawberry and green apple available. I went onto The Tic Tac My Pack site and made my own DIY Inspired Pack! I filled it with berry, passion fruit, grape, dark strawberry, and green apple. Check them out!

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You can create your own one-of-a-kind pack with your ideal flavors as well!

Being the Crafter that I am, once I finished my Tic Tacs I just had to reuse them and repurpose them into something new and different.

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I realized that the container and the opening are the perfect size to hold and pour glitter.  Using a scrap piece of paper, I rolled it up to make a funnel and filled each Tic Tac Pack. This is a quick and easy method that works beautifully.

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Aren’t they perfect? I thought it’d be fun to wrap them up and make repurposed Tic Tac Pack craft kits to give away.

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I put together some supplies for a fellow Crafter and Scrapbooker I had in mind. I included some scrapbook paper, glue, markers, a foam paint brush, and of course the glitter. The contents are up to you and the recipient!

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I put it in a little bag and made a gift tag. These would make fun party favors too.

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Oh! I also made some customized swag bags to give away as well! They have a keychain I made with DIY Inspired and Inheriting Our Planet key chains in them, a business card, and a pack of Tic Tacs in it!

DIY Customized Swag Bags

Be sure to make your own Tic Tac Pack! Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post!

 

21st Apr2014

Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops

by Dinah Wulf

 

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Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops is a part of the Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious. campaign sponsored by Rich Products.

The Grocer’s Bakery is a convenient and ideal destination for purchasing baked goods that can be customized for any gifting occasion. My daughter just started dance this year and she always talks about her teachers, Miss Michelle and Ms. Kathy.  I wanted to give something to them just because. I thought it’d be a nice gesture to show our appreciation for them.

These easy cookie lollipops save time because there is no baking involved and very affordable because you only need a few products:

  • Your favorite cookies from you Grocer’s bakery
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cookie icing
  • Treat bags
  • Baker’s twine or ribbon
  • Gift tag

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To make the lollipops, simply apply a generous amount of cookie icing to the back of each cookie. Insert a lollipop stick in the center of two cookies. Place them in a treat bag. I chose pink sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles for Mia’s dance teachers.

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Add a little tag for that special someone and tie it with ribbon of baker’s twine.

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Tah-dah! In minutes you have quick, adorable, and affordable gifts for anytime gifting.  What’s great about the bakery at the grocery store is that they have a variety of cookies to fit the season or holiday. One package of a dozen cookies will make six just because gifts!

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Giveaway Alert!!! ** Giveaway CLOSED**

Who is that special person in your life that makes every day better?

Simply leave a comment and I will randomly select two winners to receive a $25 gift card! The winner will be announced next Tuesday the 29th!

Good luck!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this post! Be sure to check out their Pinterest Page for more Bakery Because Inspiration

08th Apr2014

DIY Bachelorette Party Favor Bags

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Bachelorette Party Gift Bags

I am honored to be sponsored by BurlapFabric.com today for this tutorial. OK, so I’m not technically going to a Bachelorette party, rather a fun annual girls weekend that my four best friends and I try to do once a year (it doesn’t always work out with over a dozen kids among us!).  This year, is special because it’s the first year in the last five years that all five of us will be going on a weekend getaway.  I wanted to do something special so I decided to make personalized stenciled swag bags, which would also make a great DIY Bachelorette party favor bags.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jute tote bags from BurlapFabric.com
  • Paper plate
  • Craft paint
  • Spouncer
  • Letter stencils
  • Clean towels

If there was a Queen of natural fiber stenciling, I think I’d be in the running! Ha! I have done so many stenciling projects because it’s both fun and simple to do.  I was able to stencil these five bags in no time. Here is one of the bags I got from BurlapFabric.com. They are great because they are sturdy and lined inside. The 9X11X4 size was perfect for these party favor bags.

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First I chose a paint color for each of my best girlfriends. Naturally, I chose their favorites. Several different colors look vibrant and pretty against a natural fiber like these jute tote bags.

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I stenciled our names on each bag in each of my friend’s favorite colors. Since I wanted our names to go up and down from the top right of each bag, it helped to start stenciling with the last letter first.

Stenciled Burlap DIY

Stenciling Tips:

  • Use a spouncer to help prevent bleeding.
  • Apply in a straight up and down motion.
  • Remove the excess paint before stenciling.
  • Wash your stencils in between each application so that your stencils will stay clean and last a long time.
  • Less in more. In the picture below you will see that I used very little paint for each name.

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Here’s how they turned out! The girls are going to love them.

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I can’t wait to show you what’s inside! Stay tuned for a fun Girls Weekend FREE Printable!

I want to give a big THANK YOU to BurlapFabric.com for sponsoring this post. Be sure to stop by and see all the fabulous products from bags to ribbon and much more! You can also follow them on FacebookPinterest ,  Twitter, and  YouTube!

31st Mar2014

Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to be sponsored by Alliance Rubber Company! Today I wanted to share a step by step tutorial on how to make a stenciled rubber band inspiration board. With just a few craft materials and some colorful Super-Size Bands from rubberband.com, you can do this Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY.

Materials:

  • 16” X 20” White Canvas
  • Spray Paint
  • Craft Paint
  • Stencils of choice
  • Spouncer
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Super-Size Bands
  • Towels

Step One:

I chose a Citrus Green spray paint to paint my blank canvas. It’s quicker, easier, and dries faster than other paints. You can also opt for any other paint as well. Be sure to protect your surroundings and spray in a well-ventilated area.

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Step Two:

I decided to stencil “inspire” on my board because I wanted to hang it in my craft room. I worked backwards when stenciling the word with a spouncer. You need very little acrylic craft paint when stenciling. Dab on the paint and remove the excess by dabbing it on the paper plate. Stencil in an up and down motion to avoid bleeding.

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Step Three:

Once the paint is dry, begin adding your super-size bands. I chose two alternating colors. When adding the bands also alter them horizontally and vertically.  This will “weave” the rubber bands together and will come in handy when adding things to your inspiration board. You can choose how many rubber bands you would like to use. Mine is four vertical and three horizontal. Consider covering the entire board!

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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The super-size bands will fit larger canvases as well for larger boards.  They come in red, blue, and green. A big THANK YOU goes out to Alliance Rubber Company for sponsoring this post. Visit them for a wide variety of rubber bands for almost any craft project!

In case you missed it, here are more Inspiration Boards I have made in the past:

17th Mar2014

Radiant Orchid DIY Spring Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m loving spring and I’m so excited to partner up and sponsored again with Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores®! Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website. I have been anxious to make something incorporating the 2014 Spring Trend Radiant Orchid for my home. I decided on making a DIY Spring Door Decoration.

Jo-Ann Shopping List:

  • Grapevine hanging basket
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Wooden Numbers
  • Orchid Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Spring Inspirations Flower Assortment
  • Safety Pin
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks                  

Instructions:

First, I painted my house numbers a beautiful orchid color with acrylic craft paint and let it dry.

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Next, I layered the lace on top of the burlap, and hot glued the dry painted numbers on top.

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Here’s a close up.

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Wrap it around your grapevine basket and secure it with a safety pin.  I don’t like to glue it because I like to change my basket each season like this and like this.

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Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® has the most beautiful selection of artificial flowers. I chose three different ones for my arrangement to fit the Radiant Orchid theme.

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Aren’t they pretty??? Next, arrange the flowers inside of your basket…

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… and hang it on your front door!

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I absolutely ADORE it!!! Now I really want to make something else in radiant orchid!

This review is part of the Jo‐Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® National Craft Month campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

19th Feb2014

Printography: Tips for Hanging Pictures

by Dinah Wulf

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I am honored to be sponsored by Printography today to share with you my Tips for Hanging Pictures. I received a beautiful bamboo mount 8X8 photo of my daughter the other day.  I chose this picture because it sums up her age at this moment in time… mismatched clothes because she has to pick out her own, messy hair because she won’t let me put it in pig tails anymore, and arms raised with a huge smile so happy for her new found independence.  She’s such a ham!

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The Printography site is so easy to navigate and order. It only took a few minutes for me to place my order.  When I received it, I was so excited, because the quality exceeded my expectations. Now until March 2nd, you can receive 15% off of your order by using the PROMO CODE: DIYINSPIRED!

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Anyway, I wanted to create a photo gallery way of family photos. I did a black and white photo gallery and my new bamboo mounted photo of Mia is an awesome pop of color.

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General Height Guidelines I have learned:

  1. For hanging photos above a couch, measure 10” above the back of the couch.
  2. For hanging photos on a hallway wall, measure up from the floor 5-6 feet.
  3. For hanging photos on a dining room or living room wall, measure up from the floor 4-4.5 feet.

My Tips for Hanging Pictures for a Home Gallery Wall:

  1. I decided to stick to three types of frames only: black, silver, and wood.
  2. I used mostly black and white photos because I thought it made it look more modern.
  3. I used a variety of frame sizes: 8X10, 5X7, 4X6
  4. I kept one vertical imaginary straight line all the way across the wall and placed the photos above or below the line.
  5. I used a photo mat for some of the photos which created a little more dimension.
  6. Social networking sites are a great resource to get family photos if your collection is lacking.
  7. Photo wall adhesive strips are DEFINITELY the way to go when hanging ANY picture frames.  No holes!!! You can get them at several retail stores. It also makes it easier, because you don’t have to worry about aligning a nail and frame hook.
  8. Lastly, arrange all of your photos and take pictures of them to help you choose the right arrangement. 

Here is an example of my arrangements. I did this a few times until I was satisfied.

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Here is the final one more time.

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I hope you enjoyed my tips! Don’t forget, you can receive 15% off of your order by using the PROMO CODE: DIYINSPIRED on Printography!

30th Jan2014

Border Punch Gift Wrapping Embellishments

by Dinah Wulf

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I just got the AdvantEdge Punch System from Fiskars and I wanted to test it out. Because I’m such a craft Geek, I didn’t bother reading the directions. I know. I know. Hence, I made a couple mistakes. BUT the good news is that you will learn from them! Ha! Anyway, I decided to turn my test pieces into some pretty border punch gift wrapping embellishments.

The punch system has a variety of small and large interchangeable border punches. They both are easy to work and punch out beautifully.  I tested a small size first. 

For the small standard sized cartridges, you have to pull out the wings before you insert it into the machine.

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It snaps right in to the adapter and the adapter fits snuggly into the cartridge. The large punches do not need an adapter.

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As you can see, the wings slide into the machine when moved to the left.

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A 12X12 piece of scrapbook paper fits and aligns easily. Push down the magnetic clamp to help hold the paper in.

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As you punch, the wings help guide you to ensure that your border is continuous and perfect.

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Here are a few of the punches I tested.

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Aren’t the borders beautiful?  They aren’t just for scrapbooking.  For me, I plan on using them for gift wrapping embellishments like this as well as party décor embellishments for favor bags, decorations, and such.

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I’m really excited to start another project!  If there is anything you think I should try, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

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Here are some other gift wrapping crafts I’ve done. Check out this round up of eco-friendly gift wrapping!

Thank you to Fiskars for sponsoring this post!

22nd Jan2014

Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas and Giveaway

by Dinah Wulf

This post, Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas is sponsored by Rich Products for the Bakery Because. Give the Gift of Deliciousness. campaign.

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As you may or may not know, I am not confident in my cooking or baking skills. Sure, I make dinner for my little family every night, and I’ve even pulled off a few successful Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner parties before. But know you know that this is why I don’t post any of my own recipes!

I do, however love eating and giving baked goods gifts. I thoroughly enjoy visiting the bakery in my local grocery store and all the tasty and tempting cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. There is always a great variety and I’m never disappointed. For this Valentine’s Day, I thought it be fun to buy some sweet treats from my bakery and get creative with the packaging to give away as gifts to my friends, Mia’s teachers, and a couple neighbors. Here is what I came up with.

Oh and don’t forget to stick around for the GIVEAWAY below!

I made this Recycled Juice Carton Treat Box myself.  You can view the full step by step tutorial {HERE}. You can also use a milk carton as well.  I simply cut, measured, and glued on paper party straws to embellish it.  I filled it heart shaped sugar cookies I got from the bakery.

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Washi tape is a simple way to embellish a gift. I used it on my recycled carton treat box as well as added it to heart shaped tin as well.

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If you don’t want to make your own treat box for your bakery goodies, the dollar bins and several retailers have great options.  I bought these two for one dollar each! I am going to add a pretty “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag and ribbon to the handles.

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As you can see there are several fun, inexpensive, creative ways to gift some sweetness on not just Valentine’s Day but any holiday or special occasion! Visit your local grocer’s bakery to find easy and delicious treats that you can personalize and give as gifts on Valentine’s Day and every day. Now for the giveaway…

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{GIVEAWAY}

When: Now until February 4th (My birthday! Woo hoo!)

What: Three winners for $25 Gift Card each for your own baked goodies.

Who: Three winners with the best stories will be chosen to receive a $25 Gift Card. You must live in the US and be over 18 years old to participate.

How: Just simply leave a comment answering: Name a person in your life who makes every day better and WHY.

I will pick the three best stories on my birthday! If you decide to make a gift of your own to give, I encourage you to take pictures and upload photos to Pinterest using the hashtag #BakeryBecause so that we can all see them! Thank you in advance for entering! GOOD LUCK!!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this article and giveaway!

 

06th Jan2014

Craft Storage and Organization Ideas with All Access™

by Dinah Wulf

Every year when I take down my Christmas decorations I feel the need to clean, purge, and organize everything in my house! It never fails.  This year, thanks to Home Depot and Rubbermaid® All Access™ I have been able to do that. So, today I wanted to share with you my Craft Storage and Organization Ideas with All Access™.

I went to Home Depot and bought several of the extra small sized Rubbermaid® All Access™ bins.

These bins in particular are fantastic because not only is there a lid on the top, but there is a door you can open in the front for easy access to the contents inside.

On a side note, I have to mention this (because it’s a huge pet peeve), but the sticker easily comes off the lid. See?  I hate it when you have to spend extra time trying to get the sticker off of the plastic! OK moving on…

I started in my craft room.  I was able to combine three containers of craft paint into one All Access™ bin.

I also fit three containers of glue and adhesive into one bin. I know… I have a lot!

Finally, I was able to fit three containers of craft punches in one bin as well.

Then, in my craft room, I have a separate area in the closet for my daughter’s craft supplies.  Here is what it looked like before.

Here it is organized with my new storage bins! I love that you can stack them and still open them. Plus, I can now see through them which was a problem before.

So now I am just addicted and realized they are sturdy enough for toys and the handling of a small child! So I went to Home Depot and purchased more bins. My daughter’s room used to have these storage bins.  They are colorful and pretty, but my daughter never plays with the things inside.  I think it’s because she can’t see them.

So, I replaced some of them with the Rubbermaid® All Access™ bins. The extra small ones fit perfectly in her shelving unit and now she can see all her toys and have easy access to them from the top and front!

Phew! It feels great to start the New Year organized!

Open up the possibilities of easy access with Rubbermaid® All Access™ Organizers. The All Access™ line features a clear drop-down door so you can easily see and retrieve the items you want, even when they are stacked! Visit your local Home Depot to see why organization just got easier!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Rubbermaid® . The opinions and text are all mine.

30th Dec2013

#TurnItGreen With REPREVE Recycled

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to REPREVE for sponsoring todays post, #TurnItGreen With REPREVE Recycled! All opinions are 100% my own!


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As you may (or may not!) know I am a promoter of all things repurposed, recycled, upcycled, reused, you name it! My entire blog and other blog are full of creative ways to reuse. This is why I wanted to be a part of the #TurnItGreen With REPREVE Recycled campaign.  REPREVE is a recycled fiber that helps turn plastic bottles you recycle into cool stuff you can wear and use every day. Now there’s no excuse not to recycle! Last time I checked, the number of plastic bottles recycled just this year to make REPREVE was over 600 Million!

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The U.S. plastic bottle recycling rate is less than 30 percent—so less than one-third of all plastic bottles get recycled. Most people don’t think about what happens to plastic bottles after you recycle them. So REPREVE is on a mission to get the word out:

  1. Just recycle more.
  2. And buy REPREVE products.

A lot of brands you love use REPREVE to make their products greener:

Volcom graphic t-shirts are made with REPREVE, using 2 or more recycled plastic bottles.

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One Patgonia fleece jacket with REPREVE has 40 recycled plastic bottles, so you can be a real “active-ist.”

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Life Khaki by Haggar uses REPREVE to put 7 recycled plastic bottles in every pair of pants; so wear what you believe.

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Other brands made with REPREVE: The North Face, Polartec, Patagonia, Beija-Flor, Lauren Conrad’s XO(eco) by Blue Avocado, Swiftwick socks, and more.

So I hope you check them out! Stay tuned because I will be sharing a video of how my little Mia and I take part in a sustainable lifestyle!

19th Dec2013

Three Holiday Party Tips with The Bouqs

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to The Bouqs for sponsoring this holiday party tips post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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When hosting a dinner party, there are several tips that I personally like to keep in mind.  Today, I wanted to share some Holiday Party Tips with Bouqs. Why Bouqs? Here are three reasons:

  1. The Bouqs cut only what they sell. Other providers source from a supply chain that sees 1 in 3 stems wasted. Across hundreds of thousands of bouquets a year, that’s a lot of wasted land, resources, labor and fuel. They cut only when you order and avoid the waste.
  2. The Bouqs also save energy through their direct-from-the-farm supply chain. The standard supply chain must keep stems cold for up to 2 weeks, meaning hundreds of hours of refrigeration and the associated energy use. They use cold storage for only 4 days from the Volcano, and not at all from California, resulting in a lot of energy savings.
  3. Finally, The Bouqs farms provide living wages, childcare, healthcare and adult education. And their growing business supports farm communities, so you can feel good about shopping The Bouqs Company’s flowers.

Not only does Bouqs source only from eco-friendly, sustainable farms that respect the environment and their workers, the process of ordering and delivery experiences are great too.  I have never received flower delivery quite like this.  The flowers were packed in a way that they cannot get damaged.   

Holiday Party Tip #1

Make serving convenient.  I created a mini self-serve salad bar as the first course.  Not everyone likes all the toppings, dressings, and vegetables you like. Let your guest make their own combinations. You can also do this with dessert bars as well. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. I just used a small long and narrow tray.

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Holiday Party Tip #2

Fresh flowers are THE BEST centerpiece, in my opinion when you host parties. I have had two parties so far and my bouquet is still lasting and pretty! You can use them not only on the dinner table, but everywhere in your home. I chose the yellow-green, Hydrangea Antique with Green Solidago for my centerpiece.

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Holiday Party Tip #3

Think simple when it comes to small details to make your party stand out, intimate, yet won’t kill you! I simply placed colorful festive scrapbook paper under the plates as a charger.

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I also used small photo frames as name cards.  Just print the name on your computer and add a glittery backing.

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Love what you see about The Bouqs and want to brighten your or a loved ones holiday table? Create an account to receive a 20% off promo code, then order your favorite Bouq for your holiday table or to give to a loved one. Also, The Bouqs wants you to spread the love! Refer friends to Bouqs and they get $10 off their order and you receive a free Bouqs for every two friends that make a purchase.

Enter The Bouqs Giveaway! Win 12 Months of Bouqs!

Register to The Bouqs to receive their 20% off discount code and browse the site to see all of the great Bouqs you can give as a gift to a gracious host or to use to decorate their table for a party.

To Enter:

Answer below in the comments: WHO would you gift a Bouqs to, WHY, AND which Bouqs would you choose? Leave a link or the name of the Bouq. Make it a great comment because that’s how the winner is chosen!

The contest ends on Monday, December 23rd at 10am PST. The winner will be announce the winner at 3pm PST Monday, December 23rd.

Good Luck!!

Thank you to Bouqs for sponsoring this post!

18th Dec2013

Preparing Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

by Dinah Wulf

I LOVE entertaining, especially for the holidays. Every year my best girlfriends and our families get together for an annual Christmas party. In fact, I plan weeks in advance for every detail to make my home warm and inviting for them every Christmas. There are always a few things I keep in mind while preparing my home for holiday entertaining.

Deck the Halls

Oh boy!  One of the reasons I love entertaining is because it’s a great excuse for decorating… I literally DECK the halls, the staircase, the mantel… EVERY room! Showing off my crafty touches excites me (I’m such a Geek).  I of course have to start with the front door. The hanging pinecone wreath was one of my favorite tutorials last Christmas.

This year I’m adding a small tree in addition to the big tree filled with homemade vintage inspired ornaments like these.

Last year I made this Holiday Joy Wreath that I put up to decorate the coat closet door.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

I think soft music playing in the background is a must to help get your guests in a festive mood while you are entertaining and holiday music is my fave!  This past Friday at 3pm, a local radio station started playing non-stop Christmas music. Oh how I counted down the minutes! They will play it all day every day until Christmas. Guess which station all the radios in my house are tuned to?

Sweet Holiday Treat™

Every season Glade® comes out with fantastic seasonal scents.  This year, they have a special scent, Sweet Holiday Treat™. Talk about Indulging in the irresistible scent of rich cocoa, toasted nuts and creamy caramel! I love scented candles like this burning throughout the season.  I like to light them in the evening during my parties to not only make my home smell great, but to create a comfy ambiance through the candle light.

Additionally, Glade® has a product for every moment. Every Glade® product brings true-to-life fragrance into your home, while the wide variety of devices assures there’s one for all your life’s needs. Some additional scents are:

  • Glade® Apple Cinnamon CheerTM
  • Glade® Sparkling SpruceTM
  • Glade® Pure Vanilla Joy
  • Glade® Frosted Berry Kiss

Sweepstakes Alert!

Real Simple is running a Glade® sweepstakes from November 14th to December 16th {here}. One hundred winners will receive a $10 Target GiftCard to purchase a Glade® Winter Collection product, plus a copy of Real Simple Celebrations!

Christmas is right around the corner!  I hope these tips help with your next holiday party!

Get festive this holiday season with the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection available exclusively at Target. Inspired by the best feelings of the season, the Glade® Sweet Holiday Treat™ scent lets you indulge in the irresistible scent of rich cocoa, toasted nuts, and creamy caramel. The 2013 Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection was inspired by the nostalgic, spontaneous, snowy, moments that build up to the holidays. Creating memories with loved ones defines the season and the holiday lineup from Glade® is just as memorable. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glade®. The opinions and text are all mine.

12th Dec2013

Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Bag Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

This post, Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Bag Party Favors, is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts and DCWV for the PaperCrafted Christmas Campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

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I am so excited for this year’s annual Christmas party at my house this year.  It’s not an extravagant party, by any means.  Rather, it’s quite intimate for my closest and dearest friends and their kids. As part of the Paper Crafted Christmas campaign with Jo-Ann Fabrics and DCWV, I couldn’t resist making these Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Bag Party Favors.

I bought these mini-recycled gift bags at Jo-Ann’s.  I found them in the dollar bins for two for $1.00. What a deal!

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I thought the paper in the DCWV Christmas Basics and Winter Basics stacks were perfect for these cute little bags.

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Using iPiccy.com, I made these tags that say “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year love The Wulf Pack”… get it? My last name is Wulf? Ha!  Anyway, I picked some fun colors and fonts and printed and cut these tags using a paper cutter.

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I also cut out pieces of the DCWV cardstock to create a border and attached the tag with double-sided tape.

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I used a small hole punch and attached them to each bag with ribbon.  I filled each bag with lollipops, chocolate, and candy! That’s it!  Super easy! I can’t wait to give them away.  I may give a couple to some of Mia’s friends from school and her teachers and teacher gifts.

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Thank you so much to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts and DCWV for sponsoring this post!

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