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Valentine Activities for Kids Round Up and Link Party

Welcome back to another Create and Share party with AliLily, Cheap Crafty Mama and Happy Go Lucky!
Valentines Day is about 2 weeks away and we have been looking for some fun Valentine’s Day activities to do with our kids!  We have found some that look like a lot of fun, and we can’t wait to see what you link up too!
Crayon Hearts by North Texas Kids,  Festive Placemats by One Artsy Mama,  Free Valentines Preschool Pack by 3 Dinosaurs,  Dot Marker Art by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots,  Fingerprint Frames by Mom on Timeout,  Simple Heart Window Display by Inner Child Fun,  Marbleized Hearts by Cheap Crafty Mama,  Valentine Sensory Bin by Mama Miss,  Candy Heart Matching Game by Mess for Less,  Natural Hearts by No Time for Flashcards

Also be sure to check out last week’s “Create and Share” about Valentines Crafts!

We also have a fun giveaway this week.

J Home Studios specializes in gorgeous wooden picture frames and typography wall art.  We are pretty sure that you will love their shop as much as we do!!

And guess what?  They are giving away TWO items!  One winner will win a $15 shop credit and another winner will win any frame under $30.Use Rafflecopter to enter:

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Now we want to see your Valentines activities for Kids!


Fun Lunchbox Sandwich Ideas for Kids

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wonder bread for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love finding fun and inventive ways to make Alie’s lunch.  When her lunch is fun, she is much more likely to eat it!  Anyone have a daily struggle to get there kids to eat anything besides chips and fruit snacks?

Creating a lunch that is fun but also healthy is so important.

Have you heard of Smartwhite from Wonderbread?  Smartwhite has the same taste and texture our kids love but with a nutritional advantage!  It’s baked with no high fructose corn syrup and is only 50 calories per slice. It is also, fortified with the fiber of 100% whole wheat bread, contains the calcium of an 8-ounce glass of milk and is a good source of nine essential vitamins and minerals.

Sounds great, right?  My family and I were given the opportunity to try Smartwhite from Wonderbread.  Using our new Smartwhite bread, I came up with a few ways to create a fun lunch for Alice, and I would love to share them with you.

I love sandwich cutters.  They always add a simple fun touch to a kids lunch. Here I made Alice a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I love how nutritious peanut butter is and when you add that to the nutritional value of the Smartwhite bread, you know your child is eating healthy. Alice loves when her sandwich is a cute, fun shape.  Here I used a butterfly cutter and her dinosaur cutter to make us lunch.

I have another fun lunch idea I’ve learned recently! SANDWICH SUSHI!!  Alice loves it and it’s a great way to incorporate some veggies, too!  It’s not hard to make.  There was a little bit of a learning curve.  I’ll try to walk you through those in this tutorial.

For this sandwich you will need:

The new Smartwhite from Wonderbread (of course, any bread will do, ya know I have to give my sponsor a shout out because they are AWESOME!!)



lunch meat, I used roast beef

a block of cheese

a cheese like spread or cream cheese, I used Laughing Cow garlic and herb First, lets get our veggies cut. Slice up the carrots into strips equal to the length of the bread, then cut in half.  Slice up the cucumber just the same. You don’t have to cut the cucumbers in half. You should also cut up the cheese in the same way and like the carrots cut them in half. Now, cut off the crust and spread the cheese spread over the bread. Top with a few slices of meat, then arrange the cheese and veggies at the end closet to you. Carefully, gently and slowly roll the bread over the veggies. While you roll gently push any parts of the bread that begin to tear into the center.  The spread on the inside works like an adhesive to hold everything together, the moisture seeps thru and helps hold the outside together as well. Once you are done set it aside and start working on the next piece. Letting it sit also helps everything stay together. Now, lets slice these up!  First, cut off the ends and eat them!  Don’t us moms always eat the ends, crust, and left overs?? 😉  Remember when I said to cut the carrots and cheese in half but it was ok to leave the cucumbers in a whole strip? This is why, when you cut your rolls in half it’s much easier to cut and keep the shape if you are not having to cut thru the carrots and cheese.  Place the rolls upright on a plate and serve, or pack in their lunch box.  Or if you have a cute, nifty Wonderbread sandwich container….

Pretty cute, isn’t it? Nutritious, delicious and fun!

Here are a few more great lunch ideas to help inspire you.

Fun sandwich sources 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Wonderbread is going to supply THREE of my awesome AliLily readers a months supply of bread, so you can create your own fun lunchbox sandwiches! Three winners will receive 4 vouchers each for any free Wonderbread product. I hope you will try their new Smartwhite bread!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below answering the following question: how do you keep packed lunches for kids fun?

It would be so super awesome if you would stop by Wonder Bread on Facebook, click LIKE, say hello and tell them Ami with AliLily sent you.

Now, it’s not mandatory to be an AliLily reader to enter and win, but if you were, it would make me super happy! 🙂

Good Luck!

Giveaway open to those who live where Wonderbread is sold. Giveaway ends October 26th, 2012

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#EclosBeauty Anti-Aging Skin Care Review & Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of éclos Skin Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Eclos_StarterKit.jpg  I’ve always been pretty lucky when it comes to my complexion.  I’ve had a pimple or four here and there but nothing that ever had me studying the skin care aisle at the store for an hour.  In fact I really only washed my face in the shower with shower gel!  While I was pregnant with my precious Alie Marie my face became very dry.  Like, painfully dry and very sensitive too.  After I gave birth to her it actually got worse.  In the past 4 years (it was her birthday last Monday!!) I have tried so many face washes, lotions, creams, serums, homemade treatments, food treatments, bizarre treatments. Everything from stuff I found at a dollar store to stuff so expensive I felt terrible guilty purchasing. Nothing has helped. NOTHING!  My face gets so dry it feels like sandpaper.  I even have these tiny dry white bumps that aren’t noticeable until you switch your make up mirror to the 10x zoom side. They are what makes my face feel so rough.  Nothing has made them go away.  Maybe for an hour or two but never just gone. 
Since I am always on the hunt for skin care I was excited to try the éclos Skin Care kit.  I’m not too worried about the wrinkles and the ageing but I know if I don’t get this super crazy dryness in check the wrinkles are sure to follow.  I read up about the products and thought they sounded great.  There wasn’t a lot of info on helping dry skin.  Which is why I was incredibly surprised at what I discovered the VERY FIRST NIGHT of using my kit.  Normally, the rough dry skin comes back with in hours.  That night my skin was still smooth.  It felt soft and refreshed even hours after I used the products.
First, let me tell y’all about what I was sent.

• Facial Cleanser Skin Prep

• Instant Radiance Facial Scrub

• Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream

• Restorative Eye Cream

• Cellular Activator Face Serum

• Skin Renewal Clay Mask

• éclos Terry Cloth Head Band

The facial skin prep felt wonderful on my skin, it extends cell longevity, purifies pores and primes your skin for treatment. You use the prep twice a day, morning and before bed. After the skin prep I used the instance radiance facial scrub.  Because of  my dry rough skin I have used a lot of exfoliating scrubs. Some are nice, some sting, some stink, some burn.  This one was really nice.  Has a nice sent and the exfoliating beads weren’t too harsh. The scrub is used once a day, every other day. It not only gives you a microdermabrasion treatment removing dull and dry skin cells but it also activates cell renewal and evens out tone and texture.  I definitely see a difference with this one. Then there is the skin renewal clay mask.  I LOVE this one. My skin feels so soft, smooth, refreshed and nourished after using this.  You use this just twice a week and it absorbs dirt and impurities, tightens and reduces pores, and restores a more youthful texture. The cellular activator face serum is used twice a day, morning and before bed after the skin prep and/or facial scrub depending on what day it is.  The serum regenerates skin cells, rehabilitates aging skin cells and resists further damage.  After you have used the cellular activator serum you  use the moisture therapy regenerative cream.  This stuff feels like heaven on my dry face.  And the rough spots have been gone since the FIRST day of use!  You use this twice a day, morning and before bed over the serum.  The regenerative cream awakens cell renewal, brightens dull skin and reduces lines and wrinkles.  And last you use the restorative eye cream. You gently pat the cream around your eyes to reduce the skins of aging, firm delicate skin and reduce fine lines.  I’ve had some issues lately with dark circles under my eyes and this cream has really helped to reduce the darkness.

Here is a before picture, and I swear y’all these are untouched, NO MAKE UP (YIKES am I seriously posting these on the internet!!!) pictures! 

and two weeks later!!

I see a big difference in my skin tone. It’s even and bright. But the texture and feel of my skin is the hugest difference for me. The roughness is gone, it’s soft, smooth and feels nourished.

éclos Skin Care is different from other anti aging skin care products as it’s uses actual plant stem cells from a rare swiss apple that actually shows the ability to stimulate skin stem cells.  It gets your skin to act like it did when you were younger! Or in my case, pre-precious daughter pregnancy baby mama skin! 

I’m very happy with this kit and have already found the products to purchase as soon as my kit runs out.

This all sounds pretty great huh?? Well……I have a kit for YOU too!!  Yep, they gave me an extra kit to give to one of my awesome readers.  I’m so excited for one of y’all to try this kit.  It’s fantastic.  All y’all have to do is use the Rafflecopter below to enter.  It’s mandatory to leave a comment on this post telling me which product you are most excited to try. 

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The Sentimental Wind Dancer

If you’ve been following me for some time, then you know I love to create things out of my sweet Alie Marie’s old blankets and clothes, ya know, the ones that are just too stained to donate.  It’s just so much sweeter, right? 
Some old posts of baby blanket and baby clothes craftiness! 
Baby Blanket Art
Fabric Rosette Tutorial
Rosette Spring Wreath

At World Market one night I saw this adorable ribbon wind dancer.  I knew I wanted to make one.  Then, I thought I could do this with strips of Alie’s out grown clothes and old blankets.  

I cut my strips and then made a circle from a piece of cardboard.  I attached monofilament cord to the circle.

Then I tied the strips to the circle. 

This is what it looks like hanging up.

Pretty cute eh?  Here check out what it looks like on the patio!

What do you think??  We, Alie and I LOVE it!!  It’s perfect for Spring or Summer!

NOW, for the lessons learned in making this: First, you’ll want to reenforce your cardboard circle or use strong plastic or wire for the circle.  My cardboard circle is already bowing in places.
Second, after striving for PERFECTLY cut strips of fabric, I decided to just cut them thinking I would trim them up after.  Then realizing I liked the unevenness of them.  I think it gives it a “Shabby Chic” kinda look. 

I really want to make a few more now for Alie’s room.  I think they would look great hanging from her ceiling.

The FABULOUS Kate of Centsational Girl is hosting the Outdoor Ideas Party portion of the Home May’d Link Party Series.  I am linking this beauty up.  Get your Outdoor Ideas ready!  I hope to see you there! 


There is a TON of awesomeness up for grabs!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

I am linking up to these awesome parties!

{M}  Making The World Cuter ~ The Creative Girl ~ Skip To My Lou ~ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff ~Keeping It Simple ~ Between Naps On The Porch ~ Mad In Crafts ~ Finding Fabulous ~ Sew Can Do ~ C.R.A.F.T.  ~ Craft-O-Maniac ~ Dittle Dattle {T}The Lettered Cottage  Bella Before and After ~ The Pumpkin Patch ~ Today’s Creative Blog ~ Home Stories A 2 Z  ~ A Stoll Thru Life ~ All Thingz Related ~ Tip Junkie ~ Sugar Bee  ~I’m Topsy Turvy  ~ Funky Polkadot Giraffe Ladybug Blessings ~Not JUST a Housewife ~ Running With Glitter ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons  {W} Creations By Kara ~ Someday Crafts ~My Backyard Eden ~Blue Cricket Design  ~Fireflies and Jellybeans ~Sew Much Ado ~Seven Thirty Three  ~ Elements Interiors ~ Lil’ Luna ~ Fabric Bows and More ~ Handy Man, Crafty Woman {T} House Of Hepworths ~ The Shabby Chic Cottage ~Paisley Passions ~ Somewhat Simple ~It’s Fun To Craft  ~What Allie’s Making Now ~ Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom ~ Saved By Love Creations ~ Brandy’s Crafts {F} Finding Fabulous ~ Fun To Craft ~Fingerprints On The Fridge  ~ Tidymom ~A Few Of My Favorite Things ~Simply Designing  ~The Shabby Nest  ~Chic On A Shoestring Decorating ~Simply Sweet Home   ~Punpkin Seed Productions  ~My Romantic Home ~ Just A GirlTruly Lovely with the Laney Sisters ~ A Little Knick Knack ~ Naturally Me Creations ~ Lovely Crafty Home ~ Bubbly Nature Creations ~ Inspiring Creations ~ Whipperberry504 Main ~ 30 Days {S} Be Different…Act Normal ~I Am Only 1 Woman ~Funky Junk Interiors ~Tater Tots And Jello ~Along For The Ride ~ Wildflowers & Whimsy ~ A Little Lovely ~ To Sew With Love ~ Saturday Mornings {Sn} I Heart Naptime ~Under The Table And Dreaming ~ Homemaker on a Dime ~ Nifty Thrifty Things ~ Flamingo Toes

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