A Creative Endeavor: NEW Art Prints

New Modern Art Prints

I love my job…like really love it. I love that I have flexibility and that I can be as creative as I want to be. Blogging is fun and challenging and I love creating printables. But sometimes, I need a break from printables…so I started painting. I miss painting A LOT. I started out by painting the picture above and the ideas just kept coming, so I decided to do something with my new/old creative outlet. I opened up SMC Art this week and I’m so excited!

New Modern Art Prints

I hired Stephanie from Life Created to photograph my prints. I am in love with what she did…she’s so talented! If you ever need a commercial photographer, she’s your girl!

New Modern Art Prints

The geometric prints will go up all around my office, living room and kitchen. I also created some prints for my daughter’s room.

New Modern Art Prints

I have the hardest time choosing art for my home, and I finally came up with something that will complete my space and I hope you find something that will complete yours!

Visit SMC Art to purchase!

New Modern Art Prints

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Sleeping Beauty Slumber Party

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When I told my daughter that I was planning a Sleeping Beauty Slumber Party for her, she flipped! Like most 5 year olds, she LOVES Disney Princesses and Sleeping Beauty is one of her favorites.

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When I plan a party, I use my handy Party Planner Printables. You can find the download HERE. I draw out my ideas, plan the food and printables and even write down my shopping lists on these. Planning your princess party doesn’t have to kill you (and trust me, I’ve planned some parties that I thought would kill me). The main thing is you need to be organized and these printables will help you out a lot!

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Decor

The first thing I think about is the decor. I usually design my printables first. Since most people don’t design their own, you should find the best printables for your party (and these Sleeping Beauty Printables are free…so can’t get better than that!) Next, I think about the location and the layout. For this layout, I wanted the first part of the party to be outside, so I had my husband create this backdrop with PVC Pipes and I decorated my daughter’s curtains with gold vinyl polka dots.

I wanted the area to be a place where the girls could hang out, so I laid down some pillows and blankets. I had most of this stuff on hand already, so I didn’t spend a fortune creating the set up.

Download the FREE Printables here (and leave a comment telling me how much you like them!)

The rest of the details kind of fell into place after I planned the menu.

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Menu

I didn’t want to have too many sweets at this party (because a bunch of 5 year olds hopped up on sugar for a sleepover is just not a good idea!) Instead, I served Pancakes lightly drizzled with icing and topped with decorative candies. I also gave them small servings of popcorn (perfect for watching the recently released Sleeping Beauty on Bluray) and fruit skewers. The food was so easy to put together since I didn’t have to cook anything! I bought the pancakes in the frozen section in Walmart.

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Party Favors

The party favors were also super easy! I made the sleeping masks using felt fabric and gold scalloped ribbon. I made a stencil out of vinyl using my Silhouette and painted on the word “Princess.” I bought the Princess party favors at Walmart from American Greetings. The girls loved everything…they wore the necklaces around and couldn’t wait to write in their mini books. This set comes with enough for 8 girls and they’re really affordable.

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Activities

We played outside, jumped on the trampoline and then we watched Sleeping Beauty! You can find the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Gift set at Walmart…and once they’re sold out, you have to wait until Disney releases it from the vault again…so hurry and get your copy!!

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All in all, this party was a HUGE success. The girls had so much fun and so did I!

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Orange Fanta Poke Cake plus a FREE Printable

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I think one of the worst disappointments in the world is biting into dry cake. Cake always looks so yummy, but cook it too long and it’s so not worth the calories. I’ve actually never had a poke cake before, but I was floored by how moist and delicious this cake is! I was afraid it’d be soggy, but definitely not the case. This Orange Fanta Poke Cake is SOOOO good! Definitely the best cake I’ve ever made and my family devoured it. Plus, it’s so so so easy to make and PERFECT for a Halloween treat!

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This cake has a few things going for it. First, the cake batter is so easy. Just cake mix, Orange Fanta, and an egg white. After making my first soda cupcakes, I vowed to never make a cake any other way…because it’s super easy and soda cakes are delicious. The orange flavoring is divine and it also has homemade whipped cream for the topping. It’s light and fluffy and you don’t feel weighed down after eating it. Can you tell I’m in love with this recipe? And this is coming from a person who has vowed on numerous occasions to never bake again. Believe me when I tell you ANYONE can make this cake!

Orange Fanta Poke Cake

Ingredients

    For the Cake
  • White cake mix
  • 1 1/2 c Orange Fanta
  • 1 egg white
  • For the Gelatin Topping
  • 1 pkg (3 oz) orange gelatin
  • 1 c boiling water
  • 1/2 c Orange Fanta (chilled)
  • For the Whipped Topping
  • 2 c whipped cream
  • 3-5 Tbs. sugar

Instructions

    For the Cake
  1. Mix all cake ingredients in a mixer.
  2. Bake according to box instructions in a 9X12 pan.
  3. Once cake is done baking, let cool for 15 minutes, then poke holes in the cake using a large fork (about ever 1/2 inch).
  4. For the Gelatin topping
  5. While cake is cooling, boil 1 c water.
  6. Pour gelatin into a medium bowl.
  7. Pour boiling water over gelatin powder and whisk for 2 minutes until gelatin is dissolved.
  8. Pour chilled Orange Fanta into the gelatin mixture and stir until dissolved.
  9. Pour the gelatin mixture over the cake, then refrigerate for about 3 hours.
  10. For the Whipped Topping
  11. Once cake is almost done chilling, pour whipped cream into a mixing bowl (I use a KitchenAid with the wire whisk).
  12. Whip until it starts forming peaks, for about 2-3 minutes. It needs to be stiff, but don't wait too long or it will turn to butter.
  13. Once it's thickened, add sugar and whip until combined.
  14. Smooth over the chilled cake and serve!
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You can also use a premade whipped topping and it would still be delicious.

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I also created water bat water bottle labels to go with my cake…they’re too cute! I used the vampire face from my Monster Mash Printables last year. Just cut out the strip and tape it in the back, the cut out the wings, fold them at the white part, then glue them to the sides of the water bottle. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the wings…it’s such a time saver!

Download the FREE Printables HERE (and leave a comment letting me know how you like them!)

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I purchased the 2 Liter Orange Fanta bottles at Walmart. Make sure you visit your local Walmart this Saturday, October 25th for a Fanta, Oreos and Wheat Thins demo. I also purchased the Dasani Water bottles at Walmart. Did you know Dasani water bottles are designed so that they don’t fall over in the fridge? I didn’t…but that’s pretty handy (and a lot sturdier than most green water bottles). The 12 oz bottles are compact and perfect for little trick or treaters!

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I’m thinking this cake will definitely be a Halloween tradition…because every tradition should have cake! Enjoy :)

 

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Spicy Smoked Sausage Wrap

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My husband and I like to explore each place we live…mostly we like trying out new places to eat. In his spare time, my husband looks on Yelp and we try new restaurants based on reviews. Last week, we took a chance and tried Food Truck Fridays in downtown Phoenix. It was so fun and I loved that we could each choose where we wanted to eat. Since we’re so much alike, though, we chose the Hot Dog food truck. It was SOOO yummy and that was the inspiration behind my Spicy Smoked Sausage Wraps.

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This food truck used flat bread instead of hot dog buns. I thought it was genius…and since I’m from New Mexico, I thought these would be good in a tortilla…and I was so right! I like hot dogs, but this tastes phenomenal with Hillshire Brands Smoked Sausage. They’re so rich in flavor, plus you get the added bonus of protein.

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Spicy

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Serving Size: 1 Wrap

Ingredients

    For the Coleslaw
  • 2 c. coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 c. corn
  • 1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs. cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • For the wrap
  • 14 oz Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage
  • 2 Small Tortillas
  • BBQ Sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine all the coleslaw ingredients together in a medium bowl, then chill.
  2. While coleslaw is chilling, heat a non-stick pan to medium heat.
  3. Cut sausage every 1 inch, then add to pan.
  4. Cook until edges are browned, about 8 minutes.
  5. Place cooked sausage on tortilla, top with coleslaw and drizzle with BBQ sauce, then serve!
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If you have a Safeway near you, make sure you sign up for the J4U coupon program and you can get $0.55 off Hillshire Brands’ Smoked Sausage. This coupon program is great! I already have a Safeway card, so I just signed up and it linked all my info with my card. Now, I can add coupons on my Safeway app on my phone and when I check out, the discounts are automatically taken off. I’m not a “couponer” because of all the time it takes, but this is something I can definitely do!

Check out some more recipes for Hillshire Brands:

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FREE Starving Student Printables

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It’s been a while since I graduated from college, but I can still remember the starving college student mentality. I pretty much ate soup and ramen for a year until I actually learned to cook. My mom would send me boxes of treats fairly often because I couldn’t bring myself to splurge. I anxiously awaited those boxes filled with my favorite foods and snacks!

I don’t have a college student, yet…but my babysitter moved away to college this year. It was really sad because she was the best babysitter EVER! My kids love her and still ask to see her. I’m guessing she has the starving college student mentality, too…so a care package could be something fun for her!

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You can create your own care package by going to the store and downloading my cute printables…OR if you want to make things easier on yourself, you can just go to Amazon.com and ship everything straight from there! I’m thinking I’ll add items that would make great snacks and easy to make, like KRAFT Easy Mac Cups and Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts. Plus, if you’re a Prime member or you spend more than $25, 2 Day shipping is FREE!

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KRAFT Easy Mac Cups are great since you don’t need a stove to cook them. I didn’t have a stove in my dorm room my freshman year, so these would have been awesome! You just add water and microwave…so a meal in 3 1/2 minutes! My college had microwaves throughout campus, so it would have been easy to take these in between classes.

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Planters peanuts are a great snack for college students. They’re more nutritious than many snacks and packed with protein and nutrients like niacin, Thiamin, Vitamin E, manganese, magnesium and fiber. They’re naturally trans-fat and cholesterol free…plus, they’re USA grown! My college snacks were not so wholesome! 

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Download the FREE Label Here (and leave a comment telling me how you like them!)

Amazon will be offering special promotions during the hour on the featured products purchased using the #AmazonWishList feature. This includes $1 off all featured products that are purchased during the party using #AmazonWishList and #AmazonHasIt. You have a chance to win 1 of 10 Kindles! Starts Wednesday, October 15th from 11-12pm EST!

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Mustache and Lip Sucker Halloween Printables

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Yes, I’m still on a Halloween kick. To me, Halloween is the definition of fall, so you’re going to be bombarded with tricks and/or treats for the rest of the month. I’m sorry, that’s just the way it is on the SMC blog. I made these Mustache and Lip Sucker Halloween Printables as a spin off to my super popular Valentine printables. I created those in February and it has over 22 thousand pins!!! I was floored by the response, so I figured everyone would be happy to have these now….plus I included the Silhouette file so many people wanted!

Mustache & Lip Sucker Halloween Printables #halloweenprintables

To make these, you’ll just print them out on card stock, cut them out with either the Silhouette or with scissors, then tape a sucker to the back. If you do not have a Silhouette, you’ll then make a small X with the X-Acto knife. I would say about 1/8? wide for each cut. You can either attach the sucker to the back of the card for your Valentine to put together, or you can push the sucker through the X that you made with the X-Acto knife.

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 Download for FREE HERE (and leave a comment letting me know how much you like them!)

So fun, right? Kids love these things…it may be because they’re attached to candy, but I like to think it’s because they’re also hilarious!

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I’ve teamed up with a group of 75 bloggers to share tons of Fall Ideas with you! From crafts, to recipes, to home decor and more…we have you covered for Fall inspiration!

75 Fall Harvest Ideas

Check the gallery below and visit some of my blogging friends to see their awesome ideas!!


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FREE Monster Hand Printables

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With only two weeks to go until Halloween, I figured I’d squeeze a few more printables in before the festivities begin. These Monster Hand Printables are easy to put together and they’re just really fun! We usually leave a bowl of candy out while my husband and I take the kids out trick or treating and I think these will be a HUGE hit! These are definitely my favorite Halloween printables that I’ve made so far!

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To make these, you’ll need:

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  1. First, ignore my lovely manicure…second, download and unzip the free printable file.
  2. Either open up the file in Silhouette or Adobe Reader and print.
  3. If you do not have a Silhouette, cut the outside of the printable with scissors and the inside by the knuckles with an X-acto knife.
  4. Fold the printable down at the knuckles and up at the black line under the thumb and text.
  5. Use the glue dots to attache the candy to the inside of the printable and then to the finger tips of the printable.
  6. Fold the the thumb and wording up over the candy and fold the fingers over the top.

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You can get a great deal on full size candies at Sam’s Club. The Skittles & Starburst 30 Pack from Sam’s Club has many different varieties and flavors…I’m not sure we’re going to be able to keep these around until Halloween! @SamsClub #SweetOrTreat

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I’m preparing my kids accordingly for this very special time of year. They’re watching Halloween movies, already eating candy and playing with the fake skeleton I HAD to buy. He made them nervous at first, but they’re warming up to the guy. I’m also working myself up to making their costumes this year. I’m not a seamstress, so we’ll see how this goes. My daughter wants to be a pink and yellow princess pirate…whatever that means. I think I’ll humor her.

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What about you…are you making your kids’ costumes or buying?

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Friday Finds Linky Party #3

LinkyMain2-04Are you ready to Party again this week?? Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! There were tons of awesome projects and posts to pick from. So let’s get this party started! Here are our Top Picks from last week’s link party to get you inspired:

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Tic Tac Toad game

Tic Tac Toad Game from Atkinson Drive

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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

DIY Rustic Fall sign

Rustic Fall Sign from Shelly Bailey

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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Hand sewn hexagon quilt

Hexagon Quilt from Delineate Your Dwelling

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

DIY Burlap Fall Wreath

Burlap Fall Wreath by House on Raspberry Hill

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Frankenstein Printable from Black and White Obsession

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

Baby-Quilt-e1409376508951Baby Quilt from Gluesticks

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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Red and Blue Cake Decorating Party from Jenkins Kid Farm

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

024b Bat Ribbon Headband from The Ribbon Retreat

Now on to this week! Make sure you link back to this blog so you can be featured next week and follow our Pinterest Board and social media channels to see if we feature your posts!


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Trip to the Phoenix Science Center

National Geographic Earth Explorers Exhibit at the Phoenix Science Center #blendedconf

Last week we saw the new National Geographic Earth Explorers Exhibit at the Phoenix Science Center. My kids love the Science Center! It has tons of activities and it’s perfect for growing minds!

National Geographic Earth Explorers Exhibit at the Phoenix Science Center #blendedconf

My kids’ favorite activity is, of course the part they throw balls into water. Look how happy they are! It always takes some coaxing to get them away from this area and it usually ends in tears, but they (and when I say they, I mean Max…because he’s 3) were really excited for the next part!

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The Earth Explorers Exhibit is a travelling exhibit that will be at the Phoenix Science Center until January 4th! I definitely recommend taking your kids. Everything is geared toward kids and even though my kids are young, they still got a lot out of it. They touched everything, looked at all the animals (the shark was the best!) and just played. I think it’s important to expose kids to certain things even if they don’t really understand yet! My daughter was a little confused by the Volcano display, but she participated in touching the rocks and the “lava” from this science experiment:

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Volcanic eruption at the #azsciencecenter my kids love this place! #blendedconf

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We also got to take a little walk around the area and it’s beautiful and the weather was amazing! I love having family outing days and this one was just perfect. It ended with the kids taking a LONG nap :)

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If you’re in the Phoenix area, definitely plan a day to take your kids here, they’ll LOVE it!

 

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Master Builder Lego Badge from the Toy Emporium @Target #TargetToys #Cbias #shop

I got the whole family involved in this post! My husband built everything and my kids played with the toys. I, of course, created the printables for the Master Builder Lego Badge from the Toy Emporium. These would be perfect to give as a party favor at a LEGO party!

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My daughter is OBSESSED with LEGOS. She requests a new set for every birthday and she could sit and play with them for hours. I don’t feel the need to force creativity on my kids, I believe that letting them learn through trial and error is critical to the learning process. That’s why LEGOS are the perfect toys to play with!

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They’re perfect for adults too. My daughter definitely got the building gene from my husband. He helped me out by building the helicopter that my son LOVED (and destroyed about five minutes after this picture) and the little guys for my badges. To make them, you’ll need:

  • My FREE Printables, for personal use only
  • Card Stock
  • Silhouette Cameo or scissors
  • Small LEGO toys (I used Mixels)
  • Glue Dots
  • Safety pins
  • Hot glue gun

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  1. I think my husband is so good at stuff like this because he’s so organized. That’s the first step in making these. Organize all your parts into piles of the same sizes. That way you don’t have to search for each piece.
  2. Build your LEGO guy using the instructions, from the bottom up.
  3. Add a glue dot to the back of the built LEGO guy and stick it to the front of the printable.
  4. Hot glue a line on the back of the printable and attach the safety pin.

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These little guys are so cute! They’re the perfect size for these badges. I got them at Target in the toy section. You can also get them online at Target’s Toy Emporium.

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My kids went crazy over these badges. I barely got the safety pins glued before they snatched them out of my hands.

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My favorite thing about these toys is that my family can play together. These guys had a blast putting everything together!

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Visit the #TargetToys Emporium Pinterest board for inspiration for more ideas:



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